The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for the Builsa South Constituency in the Upper East Region, Dr Clement Apaak has reiterated his resolve and commitment at improving the standard of education in his constituency.
To this end, he has earmarked and budgeted to spend some GH¢56,000 in school fees for some selected tertiary and second cycle students from the constituency.
The Builsa South MP, who is the toast of his constituents because of his objective analysis on national issues since becoming a Member of Parliament, has received the tacit support and endorsement of all who matter in the constituency to continue with his good works and vision of lifting up the standard of education in the area.
According to a report sighted by BestNewsGH.com, a committee was instituted under the directive of the Builsa South legislator to select brilliant but needy students for the gesture.
The committee initially received 179 applications but the figure changed to193 with the addition of 14 more students on a supplementary list. Out of this number, 160 applicants were selected according to the report.
The report further noted that, out of the beneficiaries, 120 students were from the tertiary institutions while the remaining 40 were from the second cycle institutions.
Of the total number, 95 of the applicants are females while the remaining 65 are males.
The committee, the report further revealed, settled on Ghc400 for each beneficiary from the tertiary institutions 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 resources 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.
A member of the committee, Richard Kazi also in an interview explained that the criteria for the selection of the beneficiaries 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.