—Grants Scholarship to needy
The Member of Parliament(MP) for South Dayi, Hon Rockson-Nelson Etse Kwami Dafeamakpo, has vowed to make teaching, learning and promotion of Science and Mathematics education his topmost priority for the constituency.
According to him, the aim is to ensure many students in the area have the opportunity to pursue education to the highest level as it holds key to development of the constituency.
Hon Dafeamekpor made this known in an exclusive interview with THE REPUBLIC in Parliament on education and development issues in the constituency yesterday.
The interview was aimed at bringing to the attention of the general public the vision of the MP and how he wants it to be achieved.
Mr Dafeamekpor, said he has granted Scholarship to a number of students pursuing different courses at tertiary institutions and senior high school within and outside the Constituency
At least, 40 students have received the MP Education Support scholarship in 2017/2018 academic year with an amount of GHS 19,500.00, disbursed for the beneficiary students.
Again, Hon Dafeamekpor who is a member on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament, noted that in the 2018/2019 academic year, he disbursed another GHS88,651.00 to cover over 56 students of both tertiary and senior high school.
The students, he explained applied for the scholarship personally and only need to provide evidence of admission letter and payable school fees.
Each of the beneficiaries, the MP said received between GHS500.00 to GHS 6,000.00 scholarship financial packages, depending on the amount of fees subject to scrutiny and approval.
Notable institutions where the students are pursuing various courses are the University of Ghana, University of Cape-Coast, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Education,Winneba, University of Professional Studies, Accra, University of Health and Allied Science and E.P University College.
The rest are Catholic University College, Central University, Pentecost University College, Ho Technical University, Koforidua Technical University, Institute of Chartered Accountant, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Peki College of Education, Jackson College of Education, Akatsi College of Education, Community Health Nursing, among others including senior High/Technical schools.
The MP shares of Common Fund, incorporated in the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) is to complement parents efforts at providing quality education for the deprived and marginalised students in the constituency.
Asked what motivated him, the young and promising Legislator said, access to education remained a top most priority to him and that he would do everything humanely possible to implement measures to ensure that every child in the Constituency get opportunity to further education after the basic level.
The South Dayi lawmaker said no society could achieve meaningful development without high-quality education, hence the effort to support students up to the tertiary institution level.
In his considered opinion, “An educated mind is a developed mind,” and that education brings development faster than social intervention policies, stressing that, “it is better to support a child to be educated than to pay the indebtedness of a child.”
Already, he said a number of education infrastructure in most of the deprived communities have been provided to enable pupil to have conducive and safe environment for teaching and leaning.
“A lot of schools infrastructure have been improved upon. Some with 6-units and 3-units schools blocks as well as some improved facilities for the Senior High School in the Constituency. It was through my effort we have Sanga primary school in the constituency renovated,” he stated.
Notwithstanding the daunting challenges as a Minority MP, Mr Dafeamekpor initiated a number of community education projects with the support from Pencils of Promise (PoP), a Non- Governmental Organisation NGO) to put up some of the educational facilities in deprived communities.
He said, the NGO intervention has been magnanimous, pointing that, the constituency would not have gotten the kind of education facilities provided with the MPs Common Fund and that the constituent would forever be grateful to the “Pencil of Promise.”
In addition to that, Mr Defeamekpor said he has also provided a computer laboratory with desk top computers, text and exercises books, Mathematical sets and as well supported free extra classes for Basic Education Certificate Examination candidates within the period of 2017 and 2018.
To motivate teachers and students to improve on performance, the MP said he is introducing Best Teacher and Best Student Awards Scheme, where students, teachers and their schools would be giving awards in recognition for outstanding performance.
Sounding very passionate on education for his people, Mr Dafeamekpor stated that these measures were part of his vision for the constituency, emphasizing that he would pursuit key policies that would help bridge the gap of development of the people of South Dayi and the rest of the region in particular and the country as a whole.
He added that politics was about “making things change for the better” and he paid tribute to his own “humble”beginnings. I got my primary education by walking miles every day to school and then sitting on the ground. Through my parents’ sacrifice, my own determination, and some luck along the way, I was fortunate enough to achieve success and I think must also help others.”
“I want every child, no matter their background, to have the same opportunities as I had, to maximise their potential, and to go on their journey to fulfil their dreams,” the young politician stated.
He however called on parents and guardians to take their wards education needs seriously as it remained the only way they could excel in society, saying, ” I know thing as not easy, the economy is hard, but if parents commit the few resources at their disposal for their children education it will in the end eradicate the cycle of poverty in our communities.”
The lawmaker also admonished the beneficiary students of the MP Education Support not to abuse the opportunity and eschew truancy and laxity and strive to read their books so they could excel in their education.
“I have always believed that the best route out of the economic and social problems are through education,” he concluded.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba