Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum presented three boxes of ‘The Crow of the Rooster’ books to final year students at Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Girls Basic School at Korle-Gonno in Accra.
The donation was made on Friday in fulfillment of a pledge he made last year during the national school tree planting exercise.
‘Cockcrow’ is the approved book for the literature aspect of the English language section of the forthcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
Besides the minister who donated the books, he spent time teaching mathematics and the English language during the visit.
He urged students to develop an interest in studying math since it is “the easiest subject to study” and to get rid of the misconception that “mathematics is a difficult subject”.
He assured them that he was ready to continue visiting them to encourage them to study hard and to liaise with the school authorities and their parents to organize holiday lessons for the pupils.
“I will ask the teachers to support them during the holidays and after school I will cover the costs. I just want them to succeed,” he said.
Dr Adutwum reminded the girls to take a keen interest in their education and not allow their peers to distract them from their studies.
Regarding the choice of high schools, the Minister of Education urged students not to choose any school because of the influence of their friends.
“I also came to meet such a dedicated group of teachers,” he said.
Principal Patience Addy praised the Minister for Education for honoring his promise to support pupils.
She was also happy that the minister spent time teaching and mentoring the students.
“The Minister today delivered on the promise he made last year during the tree planting exercise and we are so excited and this gesture alone will go a long way in motivating my students and teachers to improve their performance,” she said in an interview with JoyNews.