Ahead of the upcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), renowned stationery brand BIC has donated several dozens of pens to the Ghana Education Service (GES) to be given to Junior High School (JHS) students across Ghana especially those in deprived areas.
The presentation of the one hundred thousand pens (100,000) was done by George Nkonsah, the Business Development Manager for BIC Ghana, Togo and Benin at the annual Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP) orientation workshop for journalists which was held on Friday, August 21, 2020, at the Blue Royal Hotel, Larteh Akuapem.
Speaking after the presentation, George Nkonsah said: “it is an honour for BIC to partner with GES, to support BECE students to write their exams and pass with flying colours”. He touted how BIC over the years has revolutionized ease of writing for millions of consumers around the world, who continue to value BIC pens for their affordable price and quality.
He also described how young students love the cristal ballpoint pen with its vibrant orange case.
”School children enjoy writing with BIC, because of its reliability and durability. In fact, we say BIC pens can write for 2KM, they also like how silky it writes and the vibrant orange case” George Nkonsah said.
Director-General of the GES, Prof. Opoku Amankwa who received the items on behalf of Ministry of Education and GES, said:
“I thank BIC for your support to the Ministry of Education and the government of Ghana. BIC has been the pen that we used since our childhood. It’s a good pen. I assure you that these pens will be distributed to deprived schools across the country, every Region and every district to the students who need it most.
He also extended an invitation to BIC to ensure their reps in the various districts to join the distribution team from GES.
”Let your reps from the various regions and districts come along when we start distributing the pens to the schools” he said.
In a related development, the Director-General also hinted that President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has put together a committee to spearhead the one hot meal per day policy.
”The President has put together a committee to ensure that the one hot meal per day goes smoothly. The committee is chaired by Frema Opare the Chief of Staff. The health experts have recommended that the hot meal for the JHS students should include an egg daily for optimal nutrition” he said.
The Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP), is a one hundred and fifty-six million dollar (US$ 156.000.000) investment in some selected senior high schools across the country. It is targeted at improving learning outcomes in one hundred and twenty-five (125) senior high schools, and improving access by constructing twenty-three (23) new senior high schools.