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Kwasi Pratt Jnr blasts U.E Reg. Min., Bolga MCE for “No-show” at fundraising event for deprived school

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The Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr, has taken Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu, and the Municipal Chief Executive for Bolgatanga, Rex Asanga, to task for their absence at a fundraising event aimed at supporting a deteriorating public basic school in the Bolga-Soe community.

The event, organised to address the longstanding infrastructural challenges faced by Saint Paul Basic School, built by missionaries in the 19th century, failed to draw the participation of key stakeholders, raising concerns about the commitment to education and development in the region.

Saint Paul Basic School, built in the 19th century, has struggled with infrastructural deficiencies for years. Despite reaching its 60th anniversary, the school remains in a state of disrepair, prompting the local community to organise a fundraising event to garner support for much-needed improvements.

Mr. Pratt Jnr, invited as the guest speaker for the event, expressed his dismay at the absence of the Upper East Regional Minister and the Municipal Chief Executive for Bolgatanga, both of whom had received invitations.

Mr. Pratt questioned the commitment of these key stakeholders to the welfare of the school and the broader community, emphasising the urgency of addressing the school’s infrastructural challenges.

“If this school were one of the prominent institutions like Achimota or Prempeh College, would they have declined to attend such a crucial event?” Pratt rhetorically asked, highlighting the apparent neglect of a school that holds historical significance in the region.

The theme of the event, “The Role of Stakeholders in Holistic Education and Infrastructure Development,” underscores the importance of collaborative efforts in addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by educational institutions.

The Managing Editor emphasised the need for collective responsibility in ensuring that schools, especially those with historical significance, receive the attention and support they require for comprehensive development.

He said the absence of key government officials at such a vital fundraising initiative has sparked questions about the commitment of authorities to education and infrastructure development in the Upper East Region.

Robert Abugre, a spokesperson for the celebration, noted that the funds raised during the anniversary celebration would be channelled towards addressing critical infrastructure needs, aiming to create a more conducive learning atmosphere.

The 60th-anniversary event drew a diverse range of participants, including alumni, current students, parents, well-wishers, and even the Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr.

The celebration also served as a nostalgic reflection on the school’s journey but also as a platform to inspire collective action toward securing a brighter educational future for the children in the Bolga-Soe community.

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|Moses Apiah|Bolgatanga

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