More than 100 Basic Schools in Agona West Municipality in the Central Region last Friday undertook a four-hour cleanup exercise around the environs of their schools to maintain a healthy environment.
The JHS 2 and 3 pupils of the schools, distilled choked gutters, weeded around the environs of their schools and cleaned surrounding streets and highways.
This followed a directive by the Central Regional Minister, Kwamina Duncan, to the Agona West Municipal Education Directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES), to compel private and public basic schools to take active part in a cleanup exercise dubbed: "Operation Keep the Highways Clean Day."
Mr. Duncan declared Friday, March 22, 2019 as a cleanup day to clear the various highways of fifth, garbage and other rubbish.
The exercise was supervised by the staff of the GES who also partook in the exercise.
Ms. Elizabeth Helen Essel, the Agona West Municipal Director of Education, said pupils could play important roles in sanitation management, to ensure sound and clean environment.
She said a clean environment propels academic performance.
She reminded pupils that as future leaders, they had the greatest responsibility to ensure that members of the public avoided littering in streets and dumping of refuse in gutters.
The Municipal Director of Education said the cleanup exercise was also aimed at inculcating in the pupils the idea of a regular contribution towards good environmental conditions where ever they found themselves.
Ms. Essel said a clean community translates to a healthy people and a healthy nation and called on stakeholders to take part in community-related exercises.
The Public Relations Officer of the Agona West Municipal Education Directorate of the GES, Kwamina Tandoh, said it is important that the public see it as a civic responsibility and avoid throwing of waste and rubbish into drains.
Mr. Tandoh, therefore, called for attitudinal change and urged students to be agents of change and active supporters of good sanitation practices.