The management of Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETfund) has given a 65-seater air-conditioned bus to the Bonzo Kaku Senior High School (BOKASS) in the Ellembelle District of the Western region for educational purposes.
Making the presentation of the bus on behalf of the GETfund secretariat to the school, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Ellembelle, Mr. Kwasi Bonzoh, charged the management of the school to use the bus for its intended purpose.
“This is a brand-new bus, and we are expecting the management of Bonzo Kaku SHS to use it to achieve its intended purpose. The school bus is used for academic purposes only and not other unproductive things,” he said.
He implored the school management to maintain the bus to last longer.
“Let me urge the headmistress and the staff of the school to practice maintenance culture, if the bus develops a little fault, don’t wait for the fault to become big, quickly send it for repairs, now that the GETfund has given the bus to you, it is now a property of the school and the government so the school must find ways and means to maintain to stay longer,” he urged.
He disclosed that the Government would continue to provide buses to other Senior High Schools in the district.
“I want to assure other Senior High Schools in Ellembelle District that the government would continue to provide buses to them.
“Let me also thank Freddie Blay, the NPP’s national Chairman for supporting the Bonzo Kaku SHS to get this bus, Freddie Blay through GNPC has constructed a six-unit classroom block for this school, and when Freddie Blay was the MP for Ellembelle, he built an Assembly Hall for the school and in fact, Freddie Blay deserves commendation”, he stated.
He pleaded with the students to stay away from unproductive ventures that would jeopardize their education and rather focus on their books.
“I want to advise my students here to study harder and do away with things that will destroy your education, focus on your books, you can use me as your role model because when I was in secondary school, I took my headmaster’s advice and today I’m the Ellembelle DCE standing in front of you, so you guys too can become like me in future if you learn harder”, he advised.
Mr. Kwasi Bonzoh also presented five streetlights to the school to brighten the campus during the night as well as ten dustbins.
Mr Wilfred Katey Adodoadji, the District Director of Education in Ellembelle, commended the management of GETfund for supporting the Bonzo Kaku SHS with a brand-new bus.
He added that, “there are rules governing the use of the bus, apart from the school, the school bus is also used for other educational activities only, we shouldn’t give the bus to churches to do their conventions.”
He also urged politicians in the area to stay away from the bus, “I know politicians will come for the bus for their activities but let me tell the politicians to stay away from the bus.”
Mrs Augustina Essel-Cudjoe, Headmistress of the school, expressed her happiness over the bus and thanked the management of GETfund.
She pledged that the school would maintain the bus for it to last longer.
Mrs Cudjoe highlighted some of the challenges facing the school and called on the Government and other philanthropists to come to its aid.
“We only have two cooks and need more cooks, the boys’ dormitory is in a sad state and needs urgent renovation, and we are appealing for a Pick Up vehicle for the school as well,” she pleaded. \