A total of 32 schools made up of 17 Primary and 15 Junior High Schools within the Pusiga District participated in this year’s Independence Day anniversary parade.
Present at the parade grounds were representatives from the security services, the Member of Parliament (MP), dignitaries from Cinkanse (Togo), traditional rulers, the clergy, heads of department, political party representatives, identifiable organizations, senior citizens, teachers and pupils.
The District Director of Education, Mr. Cosmas Yeleduor, in an address, appealed to the District Assembly to work on the internal routes linking the various communities that were not easily motorable during the rainy season.
Mr Yeleduor said the condition of the roads posed a serious challenge for monitoring and supervision of schools in such communities while posing a potential danger to pupils during the rainy season because they cut across rivers to school.
He, however, commended the Assembly for their continuous support as key developmental partners in the advancement of education in the District, adding that by constituting the Best Teacher Award scheme for teachers who had meritoriously contributed to quality education delivery in the District was a step in the right direction and would go a long way to encourage other teachers.
Hon. Laadi Ayi Ayamba, Member of Parliament for the Pusiga Constituency, in a brief address urged parents to give opportunities to their girls by sending them to school and appealed to parents to stop the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) since this practice could adversely destroy the girls in future.
Delivering the President’s speech, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Pusiga, Mr Abdulai Zubeiru, noted that government regarded education as a critical tool in building a cohesive and a prosperous nation.
Mr Zubeiru said the redefinition of basic education to include Senior High School (SHS); absorption of the cost of BECE registration for Junior High School (JHS) candidates; free SHS programme and the restoration of teachers and nurses trainees allowances were the clear indications of government’s commitment to building the nation through education.
The DCE urged the people to avoid overcrowding, especially at funeral and wedding grounds and to take precautionary measures in view of the dry (heat) season and its associated disease, Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM).
He stressed the need to keep windows open for proper ventilation, drink a lot of water and fluids, avoid being in the sun for a very long time and report immediately to the nearest health facility as and when it became necessary.
Source: ISD (Raphael Azare Kariyama)