|Prez Launches Free Uniforms|
President John Evans Atta Mills will today launch the programme to start the distribution of the first consignment of 1.6 million of free school uniforms for children in 77 deprived districts in the country.
The uniforms which cost GH¢21 million, will be distributed in fulfillment of the government’s campaign promise to provide free school uniforms for pupils in deprived communities.
The Minister for Education, Mr. Alex Tettey-Enyo, told the Daily Graphic in Accra that all the 10 regions will benefit from the first phase of the distribution.According to the distribution list, Brong Ahafo Region is to receive 160,000 uniforms; Ashanti, 133,000; Central, 94,000; Eastern, 100,000; Greater Accra, 800,000, and Northern, 300,000 respectively.
The rest are Upper East, 200,000; Upper West, 90,000, Volta Region, 130,000, and Western, 195,000.
In the run-up to the 2008 elections, then candidate Mills pledged to provide free school uniforms for pupils in deprived areas. In fulfillment of that pledge and in order to promote local businesses, the government gave part of the contract for the provision of the materials to Ghanaian textile companies.
The four industrial companies which won by selective tendering approved by the procurement board were Montibel, Revix, Quarshie Tailors and Afiric companies.
Mr. Tettey-Enyo said, dressmakers and tailors in the regions and the districts will also be given the contract to assist in the production of the uniforms.
He said, the materials being used are of good quality and was approved by parents and school teachers.
Source: Daily Graphic