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Govt committed to bridging North-South disparity in education - Dr Bawumia

BY: Education Desk Report
Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia
Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

The Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has hinted at the government's commitment to bridge the north-south disparity in education outcomes.

He explained that although many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were operating in the northern sector of the country, the impact of their interventions had not translated into optimum improvement in education outcomes.

The Vice-President attributed the inability of the NGOs to make the needed impact to the fact that they were operating in silos, and explained that the government through the Ministry of Education was going to work with the NGOs to harmonise and integrate their interventions to yield impactful outcomes.

Dr Bawumia announced this in an address read on his behalf by the Deputy Minister for Education, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, at the 50th anniversary Speech and Prize-giving Day of the Yendi Senior High School in the Northern Region last Saturday.

Commendation

The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, in an address read for him, lauded the management and board of the Yendi SHS for the feat chalked up by the school over the years.

He urged the staff, management and other stakeholders of the school to work as a team to help move the school forward.

The minister announced plans to change the status of the school from category "B" to "A" to promote effective teaching and learning.

Appeal

The Headmaster of the school, Chief Alhassan Mustak Hussein, used the occasion to praise the past and current staff of the school for the roles played over the years towards the improvement and successes of the school.

He appealed to the government and other philanthropists to help renovate the school's laboratory, fix the only pickup the school has and other infrastructure, as well as construct new ones to help improve effective teaching and learning.

The headmaster also appealed to the government to consider tarring roads in the school to help create a conducive environment in the school for teaching and learning.

Appreciation

The Overlord of Dagbon, Yaa Naa Abukari Mahama II, in an address read for him, lauded President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for introducing the free SHS policy which had helped the nation in many ways.

He appealed to the government to extend many school infrastructure projects to the area to ensure that all school children went to school.

Background

The Yendi Senior High School was established in 1970 to educate people from the north-eastern corridor of the country with an initial student population of 70 males and five females.

The school has gone through a series of changes with the current student population being 3,540 of which 1,900 are males and 1,645 females.

After five decades, the school apart from various challenges has also trained various scholars who are serving in various capacities in the country or outside the borders of the country.