Prestea Communicators for Development (PCD), a youth group in the Western Region, has lashed out at Golden Star Bogoso Prestea Limited (GSBPL), for leaving school-going children of Golden Star Primary and Junior High School (JHS) stranded at Neil Stevenson Park in Prestea.
The said incident, which happened on Thursday, June 14, 2018 saw the company’s bus refusing to transport pupils from Golden Star Primary JHS who on the said day had converged at Neil Stevenson Park.
The school children were waiting for the GSBPL bus to pick them up to Bogoso where their school is located; something the bus willingly did regularly.
According to PCD, the development followed management of GSBPL’s decision not to allow the bus driver to transport the pupils of Golden Star Primary and JHS to school.
A statement signed and issued by the group and copied to Today in Accra yesterday described the situation as ‘inhumane’ on the part of GSBPL
The statement said, “This current “apartheid” development, which has been smuggled in, is unheard of, since Golden Star Primary and JHS kids have been using the buses of the GSBPL to school for the past ten years.
The latest development, according to the statement, was a direct tactic by GSBPL to deny school children of Prestea quality education.
It said: “Prestea, was by far, the ugliest town amongst the gold mining towns in the country.”
“Our schools, hospitals, roads, source(s) of water are nothing to write home about, and now, our future leaders, are also going to be denied quality education, using the “apartheid strategy,” the statement lamented.
Against this backdrop, the statement called on the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Mrs Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, and the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Mozart K. Owuh, to take urgent actions on what it described as “unpalatable development.”
Meanwhile, when Today contacted the Community Affairs Manager of GSBPL, Mr Robert Gyamfi, via telephone, he confirmed the story.
“You [referring to our reporter], why are you interested in following this story because we do not owe the school any bus. So you need not to follow up this story. We do not run a school,” Mr. Gyamfi told Today and hanged up his phone.
Earlier, in an interview with Today, the Divisional Chief of Prestea Heman Traditional Area, Nana Ntanboa Prah IV, described the action by GSBPL as “worrying and unacceptable,” stressing the company should have considered the plight of the school children before taking that line of action.
Story: Kwamena ANANSE
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