Mr Lee Ocran, Minister of Education, on Friday performed the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of basic and Senior High School for Valley View University (VVU) at Oyibi in the Greater Accra Region.

The project, to be sponsored by the Maranatha International, an Adventist NGO that specializes in the construction of schools across the world, would consist of 53 classrooms.

Speaking at the programme, Mr Ocran congratulated the Adventist Church for its contribution towards the socio-economic development of the country, especially in the field of education.

He noted that about 30 per cent of children of school going age in the country did not go to schools and called for more investment in schools at the basic level to lure more children into school.

The Minister congratulated the Valley View for being the first private university in the country to earn a charter status and appealed to the authorities to let that status reflect in the quality of education the children would receive.

He noted that although there should be rules and regulations for the students, authorities of the University should endeavour to respect the religious beliefs and freedom of the pupils and not impose any tough restrictions on them.

Mr Ocran advocated the use of metals in the making of chairs for students as the use of wood was aiding in the depletion of our forests.

Professor Daniel Buor, Vice-Chancellor, VVU, praised Maranatha International for its readiness to sponsor the construction of both the basic and the Senior High School, adding ?it has been a dream come true?.

Source: GNA

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