The GCB Bank Limited on Friday inaugurated a GH¢200,000 six-unit classroom block constructed for the Bomaa Roman Catholic (RC) Junior High School (JHS) in the Tano North Municipality of the Brong Ahafo Region.
Facilities provided in the ultra-modern block complex are the head teacher’s office, a store, staff common room, library and three water closets, in addition to 160 dual-desks for the students, as well as tables and chairs for the teachers, to make teaching and learning conducive.
Speaking at a short but impressive inaugural durbar, Mr Anselm Ray Sowah, the managing director of the bank, said the construction of the block followed an appeal by Mrs Freda Prempeh, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tano North, to the bank because the old JHS block constructed in 1939 and hosting 184 students was in a dilapidated state.
Mr Sowah said the bank, therefore, intervened to build the Bomaa R/C JHS under its corporate social responsibility activities towards the education sector, announcing that it was also financing a similar project at Sewuah, near Donkorkrom in the Afram Plains District of the Eastern Region.
He said in the wake of continuous changing trends in the field of education, GCB had over the years been helping educational institutions at all levels to expand on all frontiers, especially infrastructure base, saying on that note that the bank in 2017 committed a total of GH¢734,377.89 into the education sector of the country.
Mr Sowah added that the bank had consequently decided to invest more in infrastructure and systems to support education as a means of contributing more meaningfully to Ghana’s developmental advancement.
Mrs Prempeh, also a Deputy Minister for Works and Housing, said, among other functions and objectives, she was on a mission to promote quality education in the constituency, and commended GCB that the project was one of the best ever executed in the Bomaa township.
She disclosed that her office supported the project with GH¢50,000, and challenged the Head Teacher and his staff to ensure the facility would be well-maintained for the benefit of not only the current crop of students, but generation of students to enrol in the years ahead.
In an address read on his behalf, Mr Ernest Kwarteng, the Municipal Chief Executive, advised the teachers to be more dedicated and committed to attain quality academic performance to justify the investment made by the GCB and the MP.
Mr Kwarteng urged parents and guardians in the municipality to also complement the work of teachers by monitoring their children and wards closely to study effectively, and the right information, especially on the internet.
The MCE explained that though technology had a lot of advantages to promote effective teaching and learning, it could be a dangerous tool to spoil the children if parents failed to monitor them properly.
Mr James Ataaning, the head teacher, appealed for the inclusion of the school in the National School Feeding Programme.