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“Education is one of my greatest priorities”

…Says Hon. Abdul Salam

December 14, 2017 By Jariatu S. Bangura

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Hon. Salam handing over BECE fees cheques to some Independent School pupils

The All People’s Congress Member of Parliament representing Constituency 101, now 119, in the Western Urban, Hon. Abdul Salam Kanu has stated that education is one of his greatest priorities as an individual and politician.

He made the assertion while addressing a cross-section of principals, vice principals, teachers, parents, guardians and pupils from various schools in his constituency at the Government Municipal School, Dock Yard.

He was awarding scholarships and school furniture worth millions of Leones.

The beneficiary schools include Municipal School Quarry, Kissy Junior Secondary School, Municipal Primary School, Independent School, Wesleyan Secondary School, Quarry Community School, Evangelical Primary School and Kissy Community School.

Hon. Kanu said everyone has right to education, albeit children are considered as main beneficiaries.

“Education is not a privilege. It is a human right issue. The right to education is guaranteed legally for all without any discrimination. I know the constraints municipal schools are encountering as I have worked at the council for eight years and the funds attached to support government subvented schools are not enough,” he said.

He expressed dissatisfaction over the dilapidated state of Dock Yard Municipal School, which he said informed his decision to provide them with funds to refurbish the building and furniture.

“An important outcome of human rights education is empowerment, a process through which people and communities increase their control of their own lives and the decisions that affect them. I am now calling on everyone that has the opportunity to give them the support that the children need,” he appealed.

He urged beneficiaries to make good of the opportunity given to them as the scheme would continue to university level provided recipients continue to progress in school.

Vice Principal of Government Municipal School, Martin Musa, commended the MP and noted that most children have dropped out of school because of fees.

He promised the furniture would be well taken care of and ensure pupils do not destroy them.

One of the beneficiaries, Ramatu Conteh, a Junior Secondary School pupil, applauded the lawmaker for the support, which she described as crucial to their educational progress.

 “Our parents were unable to pay for us at the time WAEC forms were brought to school and we never thought that we will take the upcoming BECE exams but the timely arrival of Hon. Salam has salvaged the situation,” she said.