By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Muerter

The Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) has presented fifty (50) dual desks to the Mueter District Assembly Basic School, near Asutsuare, in the Shai-Osudoku District of the Greater Accra Region, to fulfill a promise made to the school over a year ago.

The presentation, on Monday 29th June, 2020, by the Commandant of the military college – Rear Admiral (R/Adm) Moses Beick-Baffour, served a great relief to the distressed 36-year old school, which reopened school same day from a long vacation, due to the COVID-19 health menace and subsequent directives by the President for schools to be closed.

The desks were pledged by a former commandant of the military college and now Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) – R/Adm Seth Amoama, during one of GAFCSC Senior Division’s Tactical Exercises Without Troops (TEWT), at the Asutsuare general area, where every course goes to the area to practice, and when schools are not in session, the college students lodge at the school.

Subsequently, upon the assumption of office by R/Adm Beick-Baffour, after soliciting for wood from the Ghana Forestry Authority to GAFCSC for the construction of a garage, the college converted the excess wood to fulfill its pledge to the distressed rural school, as the Ghana Maritime Authority, provided payment for the carpentry labour.

Mrs Rose Braimah – the headmistress of the school, receiving the desks, said the issue with desks had been a burden with the school thus the presentation delivers a huge timely relief, considering that schools had been ordered to observe social distancing in the classrooms, which meant that more desks were needed for the school’s 22 Junior High School (JHS) Form 3 pupils.

Mr Bernard Asamoah-Boateng – Director, Wildlife, Forestry Authority, who represented the Chief Executive Officer – Mrs Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, urged the teachers of the school, to inculcate into the pupils, the quest to maintain and improve upon the local tourism and human ecology.

The school is patronized by a total of 250 pupils (75 for JHS) from five surrounding settlements namely; Ningokope, Teikwame, Fevlokope, Muerter (Old-Waterworks) and the Fulani communities and they have an ICT Lab, which has 2 laptops for teaching.

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