No Feeding Grant For T’di Special School

Nana Kofi Abuna (Left) presenting the items to Elizabeth Amewowor, wile Isaac Menlah looks on.

The Twin-City Special School for the Mentally Handicapped in the Western Region has been plunged into huge debt resulting from government’s failure to release feeding grants to the school.

The school authorities have, therefore, been relying largely on assistance and gifts from benevolent people to keep the school going.

Disclosing this, Madam Elizabeth Amewowor, headmistress of the school, described the current situation at the school as dire.

She indicated that the school has not received its feeding grants for more than two terms, creating administrative and financial difficulties for the school.

According to her, the delay in releasing the grants is making it difficult for the staff of the school to provide for feeding and other needs of the students with special needs.

Madam Amewowor disclosed this when members of the Western Regional branch of the Ghana Institute of Construction (GIOC) donated assorted items to the school as part of activities marking the 20th anniversary celebration of the institute.

She stated, ‘Last term we never received our feeding grants and this term school has re-opened and we are in the fourth week and we have not received the grant.’

She therefore appealed to government to release the two terms’ feeding grants so that the teachers could take good care of the children and to enable academic work progress smoothly.

‘We do not have the peace to deliver on our core mandate since we constantly suffer harassment from goods and services providers.’

Presenting the items, Isaac Menlah, president of the regional branch of the GIOC, revealed that as part of the celebration of their 20th anniversary, they decided to give to society and so the members visited the special school to learn at firsthand some of the challenges confronting the school.

‘We were told about the delays in releasing the feeding grants so we decided to donate some food items and toiletries to the school to ensure effective teaching and learning,’ he added.

Nana Kofi Abuna V, a female chief of Essipon, on whose land the school is situated, on behalf of the students, thanked the institute for the benevolent gesture and appealed to other organisations and individuals to emulate the gesture of the members of GIOC.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi

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