Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa-South Constituency in the Upper East Region, Dr Clement Apaak continuous to keep faith with his constituents as he has once again reiterated his commitment to supporting education in his constituency.
The Builsa South MP, who according to our investigations is a toast of his constituents because of his objective analysis on national issues since becoming an MP had so far this year budgeted for and is spending GH¢56,000 on school fees of some selected tertiary and second cycle students in his constituency.
According to a report in possession of Today, a committee was instituted under the directive of the Builsa South legislature to select brilliant but needy students for the gesture.
The committee initially received 179 applications but the number changed to 193 with the addition of 14 students on a supplementary list. And out of this number, the report said, 160 applicants were selected.
The report further said, out of the beneficiaries, 120 students were from the tertiary institutions while the remaining 40 were from the second cycle institutions.
The report further indicated that, 95 of the applicants were females while the remaining 65 were males.
The committee, the report further said, settled on Ghc400 for each beneficiary from the tertiary institution and Gh200 each for those from the second cycle schools.
The payment of the school fees was to provide relief for the students and their parents.
And this is not the first time Dr Apaak has shown commitment towards education in his constituency.
It would be recalled that last year 135 students benefitted from a similar gesture from the MP where he paid for their school fees. The amount disbursed to support the 135 students last year was Ghc50, 100. In total, the MP has supported 295 students with an amount Ghc107, 000 since he assumed office.
In an interview with the secretary of the committee, Thomas Ananbiak at the weekend via telephone, he noted that many of the tertiary students in the constituency found it difficult to mobilise funds to pay their fees hence the support.
He affirmed the MP’s commitment towards education, saying his (Dr Apaak) top priority “is to mobilise the needed resource to assist and improve the quality of teaching and learning in the constituency.”
He lamented that some of basic schools in the area lack adequate furniture which hamper quality teaching and learning, but was optimistic that with the support of the MP the constituency would soon overcome it.
Also speaking to Today, a member of the committee, Richard Kazi explained the criteria for the selection of the beneficiaries which he said was decentralized without any interferences.
He lauded the commitment of Dr Apaak towards education, and hoped that other MPs in the region will do same.
Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI