The Metro Chief Executive (MCE) of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah together with the Presiding Member of AMA, Hon. Alfred Adjei ,Metro Director of Education, Madam Margaret Frimpong-Kore and some officials from AMA have visited some basic schools today to mark ‘My First Day at School’.
The visit was to interact and welcome fresh pupils entering basic school, to share his experiences, encourage and present some stationary as part of efforts to help sustain their interest in school.
Some schools the team visited included the Accra Sempe A and B Primary School, Calvary Methodist 1 Basic School in Adabraka, Kaneshie 4 primary school, Abossey Okai Methodist school and St. Michael and all Angels Basic School, korle gonno.
As part of the AMA’s vision to promote education, the Mayor distributed pencils, erasers, drawing books, a pack of crayons, 5 exercise books, and snacks to each child who was in school for the first time to aid in the learning process and to boost their excitement towards school.
Hon. Adjei Sowah indicated that the Accra Metropolis housed over 164 Kindergartens with over 2,500 enrollments this year adding that it was a national policy for government officials and senior members of society to visit kids on their first day at school.
He expressed excitement towards the pupils’ preparedness to school and assured them of the Assembly’s assistance and encouraged the pupils to be punctual at school.
“My duty today is to come and see how you are faring and to give you a special gift. Next time when I come here, I will give you another gift so it means that you have to come to school every day,” he said.
The MCE reiterated government’s commitment in ensuring higher educational standards by encouraging children to take their education seriously and also to remove all barriers in education such as fees, feeding, school uniforms and other educational materials.
He added that, since government was trying largely to cover some of these barriers, parents should have the confidence and interest to send their children to school and that no parent should have an excuse of not sending their children to school.
The Head teachers of the various schools expressed appreciation to the MCE and his team and asked for more support.