School urges Assembly to halt illegal mining near it

Mr James Otoo, the headmaster of the University of Mines and Technology Basic School (UBaS) in Tarkwa, has appealed to the Municipal Assembly and the traditional authorities to halt illegal mining activities around the school’s premises.

He said the illegal operation does not only pose a threat to the lives of the school children but also damages the buildings of the school located in the Tarkwa Nsueam Municipality.

Mr Otoo said school authorities were forced to close down the nursery department for renovation on the cracked buildings as a result of illegal mining activities about six years ago but the practice persists and has been extended to the school’s palm plantation.

The headmaster made the appeal at the school’s 17th speech and prize giving-day, which was on the theme “Quality education –the role of parents”.

Mr Otoo appealed to the Municipal Assembly, traditional authorities and the security to ensure that this menace was halted to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for work.

He appealed for assistance to equip its science laboratory and also books and computers for its library.

Mrs Veronica Ama Jackson, the Municipal Education Director, called for collaboration between parents and stakeholders to enable the pupils to have quality education.

She urged parents to pay regular visits to the schools and monitor their children’s performance.

Master George Ogoe Sarsah, the School Prefect, praised the school authorities for instilling discipline amongst them, saying this has largely contributed to their good performance.

Hard working pupils and teachers were given awards on the occasion. The UBaS was established in 1980 with 35 children and presently has a total enrolment of over 800 pupils and 54 teaching staffing. GNA

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