Hon. Edward Abambire Bawa, Member of Parliament (MP) for Bongo constituency in the Upper East Region, has charged the youth, especially those in school, to take their studies seriously as it will enable them to participate in the running of the country.
According to him, education remained the solid rock of which they could safeguard their future..
“Access to education remains a topmost agenda for me as a development agent and I will do everything humanly possible within my means to improve the quality of basic and high school education in my constituency,” he stated.
Mr. Bawa made the call during a short ceremony to present a cash-cheque to some beneficiary students of his personal scholarship scheme in the constituency.
He said no society can achieve any meaningful development without high-quality education, hence the effort to assist most of the brilliant but needy students from deprived communities in his constituency through his personal resources to enable them to have a better future.
The MP, who sounded very passionate about education, said he initiated the education support with the aim of bridging the yawning gap of literacy between the constituency and the rest of the country.
He presented a financial assistance of GHC300 each to 50 vulnerable senior high schools and tertiary students to support their education.
The Bongo legislator however called on the government through the Ministry of Health (MoH) to make effort to reduce the rising cost of nursing training, describing the fee as “the killer fees” being charged nurses and midwives in health training institutions nationwide.
He is to push parliament to help legislate against the killer fees if nothing is done, noting two stories have emerged, one about a frustrated student who gulped poison from a bottle in a suicide attempt over his alleged inability to defray some school fees arrears at the Bolgatanga Nursing Training College some time ago, and the other involving another student from the Bongo District, who, also not too long ago, tragically took his own life for a similar reason.
Currently, the MP said nursing and midwifery students currently pay no less than Gh¢4,000 (908.06 USD) for admission and an average Gh¢3,000 (681.04 USD) regular fees every year, aside from some internal ‘silent levies’ of which the Ministry of Health may not even be aware of, let alone to have approved.
Hon. Bawa further said, the most affected students are those from the rural parts of the country where poor parents virtually have had to sell their last domestic animal to any interested buyer in a desperate effort to raise the fund needed to see their children through nursing and midwifery colleges.
He pointed out that, the outrageous fees are so unbearable that members of the august House should not waste time in going to the rescue of the poor parents and the distressed students.
The young MP called on his colleagues to join him to press upon the Ministry of Health and its health training institutions to waive the fees to enable deprived area students benefit from the nursing profession.
Some beneficiary students of Hon. Bawa scholarship expressed their gratitude to him and called on other senior citizens of Bongo, philanthropists and benevolent organizations to extend a helping hand to needy but brilliant students in the area.
They assured the MP of their resolve to study hard in their various fields to excel in classes and come to serve the communities in appreciation.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba