A six-classroom elementary school worth US$42,000.00 has been dedicated to residents of Tuankan Town in Bong County by Sen. Henry Yallah.Sen. Yallah allotted the project as part of the Legislative Support Projects program.
Yallah said the allotment was made in the 2016/2017 national budget for the school’s construction.
Lawmakers receive annual budgetary allotments for projects of their choice to be implemented within their constituency.
During the dedication of the school recently to the community, Yallah called on education authorities and parents in the district to make proper use of the structure.As senator, he says he will continue working for the development of citizens in all sectors of the county.
Meanwhile, the District Education Officer Sunnie Kpee, asked parents to send their children to school, instead of sending them to make farms.“I just want to admonish all parents that we shouldn’t allow this building [to] be for animals; we should send our children to the school,” he says.
“The best thing to give your child ever is education,” he continues, and praises Sen. Yallah for ensuring that allotment was made to construct the school.However, like many other schools in rural communities in Bong, the newly constructed Tuankan Town Elementary School does not have a single paid government teacher or qualified teachers.
However, a few community members are volunteering their services to teach the students.Kpee told journalists that negotiations are underway to work with the county’s leadership to allot funds for teacher compensation during the upcoming county council sitting.
Another official who attended the dedication, Rep. Albert Hills particularly thanked the citizens for their support to the contractors throughout the construction of the project.The New Millennium Construction Company constructed the school.He expresses appreciation to Sen. Yallah, saying many leaders don’t think about their people.
“He brought such a project that will allow the little ones to be qualified for tomorrow’s society,” Hills says.Like the district’s education officer, Hills challenges the community to maintain the facility and help encourage their children to attend the school.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley