Asantehene urges parents to show more commitment to education

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has lashed out at parents who treat their children’s education with recklessness and yet spend lavishly on funerals and other social events.

He expressed worry over the fact that time and again concerns had been raised over such behaviour but the situation did not seem to change.

Speaking with much passion on the issue, the Asantehene noted that students were still falling out of school because of the non-payment of school fees. Meanwhile, he said, their parents managed to raise money to buy new cloths for funerals, parties and other social activities every weekend.

“This must stop,” he stressed in a speech at the 36th anniversary and maiden Speech and Prize-giving Day of the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Senior High School at Tetrem in the Ashanti Region on Saturday.

It was on the theme, “Globalisation and Senior High School Education in Ghana: Challenges and the way forward”.

A statue of the Asantehene was unveiled as part of activities marking the occasion.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu urged parents to show true commitment to the overall development of their children by sacrificing their comfort, bearing in mind that if the children became better placed in future, parents would make good returns from their toils.

He asked the students to take their studies seriously and maintain discipline in everything they did and cautioned them to be of good behaviour now that the school had been named after him, so that they did not drag his name and that of Ashanti in the mud.

With the vision of establishing a community-based agricultural school to train unemployed youth of the area, some Tetrem citizens started the school with 70 students in October 1975.

However, only two years into its running, the government absorbed it and then more courses were added. Between 1996 and 2000, the fortunes of the school, which had the original name of Tetrem Senior Secondary School, dwindled so badly that the student population reduced to only 62, prompting stakeholders to do more to improve the situation.

Currently, the school's population is 1,530.

The Headmaster of the school, Mr Samuel Ekuoba Gyasi, said while the student population had grown, infrastructure had not improved to commensurate with the numbers.

He complained about the lack of a science laboratory, a situation that had resulted in the school having to send its students to the Dwamena Akenten Senior High School in Offinso to do their practical work twice every week.

Mr Gyasi said the school’s computer laboratory, with a seating capacity of 35, was woefully inadequate.

Among other needs, he appealed for a stand-by generator, explaining that frequent power outages in the school were making life unbearable for both students and teachers.

He asked for a new dining hall, school buses and staff bungalows, since only four of the teachers were currently housed on the compound.

Mr Gyasi complained about encroachment on the school land earmarked for future development by some citizens of Tetrem and appealed to the chief of the town to stop those encroachers.

Source: Daily Graphic/Ghana

In a welcome address, the Tetremhene, Nana Osei Kwame II, himself an old student of the school, noted that the school had made steady progress.
This coming Saturday 11th Dec. 2010 - the London Tretrem Association (LTA) will have its End of Year Party  - Live - at Time 1800 - 2300 hrs at Regents Estate - Old Pensioners Hall - 33 Brougham Road - Hackney London. It's dubbed - Harvest Day - "Yi Bi Ma" - Funds For Development. All Tetrem Associations worldwide are invited including TAUSA. Come One Come All and Enjoy!!!

London's Tetrem Association (LTA) has joined -- Madam Attaa Serwaa [Aunt Maggie] in a final funeral rites ceremony of her Beloved Mother who had passed away on the 7th of August 2009 at Tetrem-Afigya, Ashanti Region - Ghana . This ceremony took place at Gemini Centre - Chelmsford  UK, on the Saturday 28th August 2010. The usual pomp and pageantry of such occasions rekindled loss - sadness and empathy for the family. To LTA it was a day of Healing and Reconciliation given the difficulties of times like this in far away home. 

In a short speech while presenting cash donation of £400.00 to the bereaved family the Chair speaking on the topic UNITY IS GOOD and PLEASANT stated that In all walk of Life there's both Team work and Hostility. Historically two sides consisting - extremes of Enemies and Love bicker and fight as two sides for the same cause. Reminding citizens who isolates themselves from LTA regardless of the reason renegades and disobedient and even such  actions help cripple the motives LTA's  reconciliation call for it is always Good & it is Pleasant when citizens live together in Unity

An exhortation call to ALL members of LTA to make phone calls to citizens not familiar with the Tetrem Union and initiate constant conversation by so doing help build a bridge to someone you might not normally contact. 

The occasion was one of those that show how beneficial [good and pleasant] it is for citizens to live together in Unity. LTA's presence was graphic demonstration to -- the whites -- the rich culture of our traditions.

Breaking News -- On saturday 14th august 2010, Nana Tetrem-Hene on his way to & from Europe - Athens Seminar made a stop over in London & was the Special Guest at LTA's Executive Quarterly Meeting. Members were delighted to have Nana among citizens of Tetrem. 
Addressing LTA Executives - first of all - stated that it was an opportunity for Him to meeting LTA to express his appreciation for the recent Medical / Health Equipment sent to Tetrem Health Centre. Nana then briefed Members about -- 3rd Africa Sister Cities International  Conference with focus on Agricultural Business to be held in Little Rock, Arkansas from September 28, - October 2, 2010. He iterated the need for Sponsors to enable Him make the Trip as there was - a clip - on show which was about other  Dignitaries from Little Rock & confirmed brokering communique with Mayor of Star City - Arkansas for an Exchange Programme between the -- Arkansas & Tetrem Community.  
Replying on behalf of the LTA - the chair reminded Members their responsibility to donate / contribute their quota towards programmes & activities initiated to facelift the Town & made a clarion call to Executives campaign for Membership for many citizens in UK are still at large. Thanking Nana on behalf of LTA  the chair assured Him that LTA stands solidly behind him & will support / co-operate to move the Town from its doldrums & to convey to all the citizens to live together for the prosperity of Tetrem.


LTA's End of Year Party 

Date:  Saturday -- 11th December 2010 . 

Venue: Regents Estate Pensioners Hall

33 Brougham Road , Hackney - London E8 4PD 


Time 1900 hrs - 2300 hrs. 

Please RSVP - 

Contact any of the following: 

MR. JOHN ODURO [ 07956265284 ] 

MR. RICHARD ANNOR [ 07506140296 ] 

MR. JAMES OWUSU-ANANE aka kwasi kramo [ 07846013074 ]


***This event has been postponed a new date would be re-scheduled for next year 2011

Coming up this May is LTA conference / Convention Meeting [ Annual / Financial Year -- date observance June - May ]

This month -May General Assembly Meeting scheduled for Sunday 23rd May 2010 is LTA Annual / Financial Year Day


1.] Chairman's Report -- State of the Union Address & The New Thinking.

2.] Treasurer's Report -- state of LTA Fiscal Balance of Statement & Bank Accounts.


A.)  Margaret Gyamfi Mother's Final Funeral Rites in UK – Saturday, 28th august 2010 at Chelmsford.

B.)  Adjubi's Wedding -- at Milton Keynes on Saturday, 29th May 2010.

4.] Planning Select Committee / Financial Report  - & Vice Chairman's brief on Fund  Raising & Dinner Dance 5].LTA's Assets /Valuables & Liabilities --Porter & Welfare officers

6.] Constitution -- LEGAL review & Bye Law Regulations 

 7] Any other matter / business
At today's general assembly meeting -- honourable members confirmed -- saturday 30th october 2010  to stage the much awaited -- dinner dance / fund raising night. Letters of Invitation & Tickets for such function will be out soon ---  Planning & Financial  Committee to report back next meeting - co-incides annual / financial year .
Annual Dinner Dance is scheduled saturday 12th dec.09
Citizens of Tetrem-Afigya in the United States inaugurated the Tetremman Association of U.S.A. (TAUSA) on Saturday July 11, 2009 at the Minnie B. Veal Community Center in Edison, New Jersey. The inaugural meeting coincided with the visit by Tetremhene, Nana Osei Kwame II to the U.S.A.

Speaking at the function, the Guest of Honor, Nana Osei Kwame II, enumerated some of the projects the people have embarked on and appealed to the membership to help fund some of these projects. Some of the projects included an upgrade of the Town’s Clinic to a Health Center to attract a resident Physician, an upgrade of the town’s library, remodeling of the classrooms and buildings for the primary and junior secondary schools, and the construction of a Community Center and decent toilet facilities. Other projects included housing facelift, erosion control and street resurfacing.

In response to the Guest of Honor’s speech, Nana Dr Isaac Takyi, interim President of the association and organizer of the event, acknowledged the efforts the Chief and the people were making to improve the town. He however, stated that a lot more is needed to be done to help improve the living standards of the people. In recognition of this, Dr. Takyi called on all Tetrem citizens and well wishers in the diaspora to contribute their quota to the development of the town. He said the idea of forming an association had been on the minds of the citizens for a long time and was glad that it had finally been realized. The association, which has as its motto – “Unity and Development”, otherwise locally called “nkabomu ne nkosuo” aims at uniting all Tetrem citizens and friends in the USA and empowering them to undertake a number of development projects in the township.

On behalf of the citizens and well wishers who attended the event, Dr Takyi thanked Nana Osei Kwame II for his diligence, devotion and selflessness and pledged that the members are poised to assist the town and its residents. He also said one of the objectives of TAUSA is to connect and support members in the diaspora in their daily struggles. Obaasima Afua Birago was the Mistress of Ceremony and music was provided by Nana Gyau Sounds. The inauguration, which attracted more than 50 members from Massachusetts, Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey ended with a dinner and dance.

Anyone willing to support TAUSA should provide their donation to TAUSA, P. O. Box 302, Colonia, NJ 07067, USA. Pictured below are some members of TAUSA at the event. In the middle at the head table is Nana Osei Kwame II; Nana Dr. Isaac Takyi is seated on his left.