The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Wa West Constituency, Supt. (rtd) Peter Lanchene Toobu has admonished final year Junior High School (JHS) pupils in the Wa West District to turn any stumbling block(s) into stepping stones by excelling in the upcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
Mr. Lanchene made the call during an interaction with pupils of Gurungu D/A JHS in the district.
The pupils, among other things, mentioned the lack of electricity, insufficient furniture and textbooks as some of the issues affecting their studies. After listening to the pupils on the state of the school’s infrastructure and other challenges, the inspirational lawmaker described the concerns as legitimate, but advised them not to allow those challenges to affect their education. According to Mr Lanchene, although the pupils consider themselves less privileged, the “village” tag is not an excuse for them to underperform in their education. “The village is not a limitation to your future ambitions”, he encouraged.
The pupils were thankful to the MP for his enormous contributions towards uplifting educational standards in the district. These interventions include the renovation of some school blocks, donation of furniture and exercise books and, importantly, singlehandedly sponsoring this year’s mock exams.
Mr. Lanchene in partnership with the Wa West District Education Directorate has organized a “trial” examination dubbed “MP’s Mock” for all final year JHS pupils in the district who will be sitting for the BECE this year.
In a related development, the retired Police Superintendent, Peter Lanchene Toobu, has renovated and handed over all nine classrooms of the Ponyentanga R/C primary school, where he had his basic education.
The once dilapidated school had its classrooms’ doors and windows replaced, floors and walls patched and the entire block painted, the headmistress told W93.5fm.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Peter Toobu said the gesture was part of his efforts to contribute to the growth and development of his alma mater.