-The Gender Minister, Otiko Djaba, has won the admiration of former President Rawlings
-This follows a speech she delivered at the Mamfe Girls SHS on Saturday which Mr Rawlings described as inspiring
Former President Rawlings was full of praise and admiration for the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba for a speech she delivered on Saturday at the 4th Speech and Prize Giving Day at Mamfe Methodist Girls SHS.
The former President, who was the guest of honour for the occasion, had refused to speak but after Ms Djaba's inspirational speech which got him on his feet, he took the microphone to openly commend her for her passion to the development of the girl child.
“The Minister has inspired me, I hope I will meet her on a high political platform someday,” the former President said.
Speaking under the theme, “Discipline ;a Prerequisite for Academic Excellence ,Stakeholders Take", the Gender Minister had charged to be resilient and believe in themselves despite the challenges that may come their way.
She also admonished young women to be hardworking and not to give in to any sexual exchanges for favours because determination is the only key to success.
She said the Gender Ministry is making sure that no Ghanaian Child is left out or behind in getting access to quality education. She said the free SHS policy is to provide equal opportunity for all to have access to education.
“Government of Ghana is committed to ensuring that every Ghanaian child of school going age is given free, quality education from kindergarten to the Senior High School level in order to ensure equal opportunities, gender equality and equity for all and to achieve the SDG Goal 5. My Ministry the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in line with the vision of the NPP Government is leaving no Stone unturned to ensure.”
The Headmistress of the Mamfe Methodist Girls SHS, Ms. Sylvia Isabella Laryea speaking to Starr News said the School is facing infrastructural challenges and in dire need of an ultramodern dining Hall, Assembly Hall, Kitchen, teachers’ bungalow and the construction of roads in the school as the dust affects asthmatic students.
She added that, 400 beds were supplied to the school during the admission challenges of the free Senior High School beneficiaries which some classrooms have been converted as dormitories accommodating some of the students while the work has resumed on the stalled dormitory block.
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