STORY: ESTHER YEBOAH

Some brilliant but needy students from the Brong Ahafo Region are calling on the government to come to their aid to enable them complete their Senior High School and tertiary education.

The students argue that if government does not immediately come to their aid, they may be forced to ditch their academic pursuits and wonder where they would end up.

The needy students made the appeal after a press conference held in Accra last week by the Founder and Director of Caring Kids International, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Nana Akosua Frimpomaa II, who is also the Dwantoahemaa of Dormaa Traditional Council, to call on government to explore financial options to make education free in the country.

In a quest to see all Ghanaian school children attain the highest level of education that they could get to devoid of financial challenges, Nana Akosua Frimpomaa II, single handedly sponsored about 147 students to Senior High School at the Dorma-Ahenkro Traditional area.

Touched by their financial plight, Nana Frimpomaa paid the initial outstanding costs that would allow them to start school with reports indicating all the sponsored students doing well in their various schools.

A 2011 beneficiary of Nana Frimpomaa?s benevolence, Deborah Tamiah after the programme expressed her appreciation to the queen mother for her support.

Deborah, whose mother is a tomato seller at Dormaa-Ahenkro, lamented her family?s financial constraint after her dad passed on adding that the sponsorship came at the right time to enable her pursue her academic dreams.

However, Deborah who is in her 4th year at the Dormaa Senior High School continued that ?My challenge is as a final year student I have been asked to pay GH?150 for my final exam registration and another GH?350 for my fees. I have been told to pay the money in full or else I will not be allowed to register for the final exams. My worry is that if I don?t write the final examinations, all my toil to go to school will be wasted,? and pleaded with the government to come to her aid.

Ernest Yeboah, a Mansen Senior High School graduate, who chalked 5 Bs and 3 Cs in his WASSCE exams also stated, ?I am sure many have never heard of Mansen Senior High School which is located in Wamfie in the Brong Ahafo Region. I?m so proud to have such WASSCE results coming from that part of the country. It?s my dream to be a Lecturer and a Journalist but things seem to be hazy now because I have been asked to pay almost GH?1500 to get me into tertiary school.?

This, he said, was worrying since his family does not have the financial muscle to see his education through.

Ernest therefore asked ?the powers that be to have mercy on us and create policies and strategies that would make life easier for us all.?

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