PARENTS URGED TO PRIORITISE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN

Government is constructing 10 community day senior high schools in selected districts in the Upper East Region to help absorb the increasing numbers of students seeking admissions each academic year into second cycle educational institutions.

 

Already, the Azeem-Namoo community senior high school, among few others is in an advance stage of completion.               

 

The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr. Albert Abongo, said this in an address he delivered at the climax of the silver jubilee celebration of the Gowrie Senior High/Technical School in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region under the theme “Improving the Quality of Secondary/Technical Education: the Role of Stakeholders.”

 

According to him, education at all levels will continue to be expensive for parents as well as for government but pledged that government on its part, will continue to do all it could to provide the appropriate educational infrastructure, teaching and learning materials, bursaries to needy students as well as vehicles to aid school administration and other related academic work or duties such as field trips for students and research expeditions.

 

He also revealed that he had recently signed a contract for the construction of an administration block, library block and an Information and Communication Technology unit for the Gowrie Senior High while a mechanised borehole had also been allocated to the school to ease the water needs of students and staff alike. He said additionally, 1000 student beds with mattresses to match had been ordered for distribution to the various dormitories and houses in the school.

 

Mr. Abongo, who is also the Member of Parliament for the Bongo Constituency, noted that quality secondary and technical education would provide students with the requisite skills, attitudes, knowledge and creativity to help contribute in solving developmental and other problems at the local community level in Ghana as a whole and the world at large. He therefore appealed to teachers of Gowrie Senior High to live above reproach, be punctual for the conduct of lessons and provide good counsel for the students under their care. He charged the students to take their studies seriously and be obedient to school authorities and to their parents back at home.

 

Headmistress of the school, Madam Margaret L. Akparibo, in her report revealed that the school started in 1954 first as a primary school, later transitioned into a middle school then got converted into a junior secondary school resulting from the 1972 educational reforms. It eventually became a full-fledged Secondary-Technical School on 11th January, 1991 with a pioneer batch of 46 students. She said at the time, the school offered only four courses comprising Agricultural Science, General Arts, Home Economics and Technical Programmes.

Giving an update however, the Headmistress disclosed that her school now had a student population of 1, 233 composed of 519 girls and 714 boys and offers six programmes of study with the introduction of General Science and Business (Accounting Option) added to the previous set of courses it was already running. She added that the school has a teaching staff strength of 60 made up of 10 females and 50 males but noted the number was inadequate compared to the population of students.

 

Madam Akparibo commended government for a number of infrastructural projects awarded to the school but made a passionate appeal to the various funding agencies and government to provide the needed finances for the quick completion of the projects since the school needed them urgently to enhance academic work.

 

She mentioned a 2-number 18-unit 2-storey classroom blocks and a single storey girls’ dormitory all being executed by the GETFund as some of stagnating or uncompleted projects. She also thanked World Vision Ghana and CamFed for assisting the school in various forms while she commended the school’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) for a make-shift dining hall cum kitchen it constructed for the school in 2003.

According to Madam Akparibo, Gworie SecTech is bedeviled with many challenges such as the school’s unwalled perimeter which makes it difficult to control movement of students in and out of campus while exposing the school’s property to criminals and other unauthorised persons. She also complained of inadequate human resource for the school’s effective functioning, the lack of adequate fleet of vehicles for administration and academic duties, inadequate water supply points on the campus and inadequate accommodation for teachers and students alike as being part of obstacles affecting the school. She thus appealed to philanthropists, old students of the school, the PTA, NGOs and other well-meaning individuals to come to the aid of the school both in kind and in cash.

Source: ISD (Peter Atogewe Wedam)