The refurbished chemistry laboratory of the
St Augustine’s Senior High School, Bogoso, in the Prestea Huni-Valley municipality
of the Western Region, was inaugurated on Wednesday.
Funded with the Minerals Development
Fund (MDF) at the cost of GHȻ230, 000, the facility undertaken by Manit
Construction, Accra, has been equipped with new gas and water taps, slabs,
electrical fittings and has also been repainted.
The project, executed through the
efforts of the Member of Parliament for Prestea Huni-Valley, Mrs Barbara
Oteng-Gyasi, with support from the Prestea Huni- Valley Assembly, would enhance
the teaching of science within the catchment area and beyond.
Unveiling a plaque to open the laboratory,
Mrs Oteng-Gyasi, explained that the provision of infrastructure and the necessary
tools for schools helps in providing a conducive environment for learning and
also improves the educational sector.
She said that the government would
continue to support the educational sector to enhance students’ learning experiences.
to Mrs Oteng-Gyasi, who is the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts,
the provision of better facilities ensures better attendance and excellence,
believing that the refurbished facility would benefit the students immensely as
they receive first-hand experience in various experiments.
said the government was focused not only in excellence, but also to ensure that
education played its role in national development, stressing “education
remained a top priority of the government”.
is to help the youth to be competitive on the global market and become pacesetters
in science and technology and so take advantage of these facilities in the
school,” she told the students.
the MDF for the support, the MP said the fund was established to support
communities affected by mining to ensure the legacy of life, even after mining
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr
Mozart Kweku Owu, stated that the project was in fulfillment of the government’s
commitment to the municipality because “education is a catalyst to proper
He said the government was also desirous
not only to help teachers and improve the educational facilities in the
municipality, but also award scholarship to those who excelled in the sciences,
even up to the tertiary level.
Mr Owu thanked Mrs Oteng-Gyasi and the MDF
for the instrumental role they played in the refurbishment of St Augustine’s
laboratory and advised the school to ensure a good maintenance culture.
The acting Administrator (MDF), Mr Noriss
Hammah, assured that the biology and physics laboratories would also be
Noting that the project had been long overdue,
the Municipal Director of Education, Miss Vida Koufie, believed that the
chemistry laboratory would promote the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4,
which promoted quality education.
The Headmistress of St Augustine’s Senior High, Ms Mary Yamson, assured that the laboratory would be used to enhance teaching and learning.
FROM CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, BOGOSO
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