The chiefs and elders of Abiriw in the Akuapem North Municipality of the Eastern region have set up a scholarship scheme to support brilliant junior high school students who get admission into the various senior high schools.

According to the chiefs, the scholarship scheme will serve as an incentive to encourage brilliant but needy students to learn hard since they are the future leaders.

The Gyasehene of Abiriw, Nana Aboagye Gyabaa III, in an interview with Adom News said the scheme has been designed to help elevate the status of the people in the area.

They indicated that students who passed from the basic level don’t get admissions into the various Senior High Schools due to their poor performances but once the scholarship scheme is in place, the student will do better now.

He said the rate at which the students are failing at the basic level is so alarming and it’s affecting the community’s development but he believes that the scheme will motivate the students.

Nana Kwame Heneku II

Nana Kwame Heneku II

Speaking at the 3rd Akwasidea of Abiriwman, Nana Aboagye Gyabaa III stated that developed countries achieved their current heights through maximum use of knowledge and skills acquired from education.

The chiefs also used the occasion to dialogue with stakeholders for development of Abiriw at the Chief's Palace under the theme "Governance (traditional & local), infrastructure development, education and economic development".

Nana Gyabaa III said the dialogue will be part of the usual Akwasidae gathering which aims at brainstorming on issues towards concluding a holistic development agenda for Abiriw.

Meanwhile, MP for Okere, Dan Kwaku Botwe who was not happy about the performance of the students said his office, the chiefs and various stakeholders will meet to find lasting solution to the menace.

He also urged parents to ensure that their children learn at home after school hours.