The Nkosuohemaa of Akyem Apedwa in the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area of the Eastern Region, Nana Abena Kyerewaa has charged all candidates of the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the area to come out with flying colour. She made the call when she presented mathematical sets, pens and pencils to some one hundred and sixty candidates in both private and public schools prior to their examination. This is the fourth time the Nkosuohemaa has extended this kind of gesture to school going children in the area to ensure that they are equipped to write their BECE. Speaking to WatchGhana.Com, the Development Queen indicated that the BECE candidates owed a duty to pass their exams and make their parents, their schools and make themselves proud, just as their parents had the responsibility to provide for their needs. Nana Abena Kyerewaa stated that the Apedwa traditional area would continue to lag behind if parents shirk their responsibilities and deny their children the right to education. She said the area needs massive infrastructural development, and employment opportunities to curb the emerging anti-social menace. Aside the free Senior High School policy instituted by the government for Senior High School students, candidates in the area who passed the BECE with flying colours would enjoy a Ghc20,000 scholarship from the Apedwa Scholarship Scheme. In addition, six women benefited from the Apedwa Nkosuokuo with an interest free loan of GHC 300, with a payment period of 3 months, as a support to their businesses. The money when paid would be given to other market women to support their businesses and their family, and likewise for them to pay back", she added. On his part, the Chief of the area, Nana Asante Frimpong II assured inhabitants of the unwavering support of his traditional council behind them and asked for unity and cohesion to build the town. He assured the candidates that, anyone who passed with a single digit aggregate was entitled to benefit from the Apedwa Scholarship Scheme from SHS to Tertiary. Nana Asante Frimpong II called on all citizens of Akyem Apedwa to come home and invest in the town to put Apedwa on the spotlight. Gratitude Some beneficiaries including two pupils from the Apedwa Presbyterian Basic School, Comfort Obenewaa and Herbert Twum were grateful to the Chief and his council of elders for the their benevolent support.
Source: WatchGhana.Com/Rosina A. Duah