The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Hopeful for Lower West Akim Constituency in the Eastern Region, Mr. Owen Kwame Frimpong, affectionately called Darling Boy, has paid GH¢1000 fiscal cash to ten grade one students who had obtained aggregate 6 in 2022 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results within the municipality.
Mr.Frimpong made the presentation of the fiscal cash to the beneficial BECE students through his Darling Boy Club on Wednesday February 22, 2023 immediately he picked his nomination forms to contest parliamentary primaries of Lower West Akim Constituency on the ticket of the NDC.
The NDC parliamentary hopeful gave the ten excel students ten mattress,ten trunks for the beneficial students to use at the Senior High Schools (SHSs) which have selected them to continue their secondary education.
He pointed out that the items presented to the aggregate 6 students were part of his social intervention to support grade one students who have gained admission into secondary school.
This according to the young business mogul is to make up for the short duration for which parents of these excel students are supposed to organize and send their wards to school.
Speaking in an interview with Soireenews.
com after the presentation, Mr Frimpong noted that this is not the first time he is embarking on such an education intervention project, adding that a similar exercise was done last year.
“Looking at the situation we find ourselves in and the economic crises, it is very difficult for you to get enrolment and be given just two weeks or more to prepare yourself to send your child to school. We all know that our people are farmers, and they get their money annually, so we decided to do this as a social intervention policy to cushion parents,” Mr Frimpong told journalists.
He indicated further that he is hoping this gesture will be a motivation to other children living within the Lower West Akim enclave to study hard and make the municipality proud.
Mr Frimpong also noted that he is working hard to address the issue of the high attrition rate in the municipality, which is contributing to the poor performance of students in the Municipality.
He congratulated all the students who are currently receiving their 2022 Basic Education Certificate Examination results within the municipality and giving placements in the various second circle institutions to continue their education and entreated them to be disciplined and learn hard to achieve their educational dream in the future.
"I want to use this medium to congratulate all the students who received their 2022 BECE results and receiving their placements to the various SHSs, my very best wishes for whatever the next chapter in life brings each of you.
"Many thanks also to the parents, teachers, school support staff, friends and classmates who have helped each of these students on their basic education journey," Mr Frimpong stated.
A 48-year-old business mogul who is very passionate about education development of the youth in the municipality indicated his commitment to continue to help to make education through his Darling Boy Foundation in "our municipality to grow more efficiently for our future leaders.
Mr Frimpong assured readiness to invest heavily in the education of the teeming children in the villages and towns within the the Lower West Akim municipality when elected the next Member of Parliament (MP) for the area on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress.
He expressed his sadly about the falling standard of education in Lower West Akim and minced no words when he stated that he is ready to partner the stakeholders in the education sector to address the falling standard of education in the municipality.
He noted that although this year have been little improvement in BECE results, there are room for more to be done to improve the education of the Municipality.
He said the performance of their children in the Municipality was not encouraging, hence the need for stakeholders to adopt innovative measures to reverse the trend.
“As citizens, we must be concerned about the state of education in our community and it is our responsibility to support the government’s drive towards achieving access to quality education for everyone in the Lower West Akim Municipality,” he stated.
He said, “I deem it fit to make education development my priority and it is my duty as a citizen of Asamakese to support the growth of education in my area to help produce productive citizens who will contribute to develop the area and the country in general.”
Mr Frimpong urged sub-chiefs in his area to prioritize education development by regularly visiting schools in their respective communities to monitor and help solve pertinent issues that affected the progress of teaching and learning process in the schools.
While urging the regional education directorate to strengthen their surveillance and monitoring, as well as supervision to curtail teacher lateness and absenteeism in schools, the NDC parliamentary hopeful also advised parents to develop keen interest in their children’s education and provide them with their basic needs.