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Forty-nine students from the Builsa South District Assembly of the Upper East Region have been given various scholarship packages to enable them pursue academic programs at the tertiary level.

The scholarship packages costing over GHC60,000 were presented to beneficiaries, who qualified after a rigorous interview, to help cushion the financial burden that comes with getting tertiary education.

At a short ceremony in Fumbisi, organized by the Builsa South District Assembly, to present the scholarship letters to the students, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Daniel Kwame Gariba, reiterated the commitment of President Akufo Addo and his government to bring education in the district the much-needed improvement.

He said the scholarship scheme falls in line with the directive of President Akufo Addo to have it decentralized to eliminate “connections and links to the secretariat” to ensure Ghanaians from all walks of lives, irrespective of their backgrounds get access and benefit from the scheme.

The Upper West Regional Girls’ Education Officer at the Ghana Education Service (GES), has disclosed that no girl has ever completed the Sawoubea Junior High School (JHS) in the Wa East District since its establishment about 25 years ago.

Annacleta Viiru said the highest educational level girls in the area had ever attained was JHS two before being sent for marriage.

Paramount Chief of the Navrongo Traditional Area, P3 Denis Asagpaare Balinia Adda ll, has strongly warned individuals engaged in the encroachment of lands belonging to the Navrongo Senior High School (NAVASCO) to desist from the act or face the wrath of his Traditional Council.

He said the attention of the Traditional Council had been drawn to the worrying activities of some unscrupulous individuals, wanting to claim ownership of lands belonging to the school.

In comments he made about the issue when he mounted the podium in Navasco on Saturday to officially launch the school’s 60th Anniversary, on the occasion of the 3rd Nabia Co-Sponsored Speech and Prize Giving Day, Navro-Pio expressed his displeasure with the issue, stated his disapproval of the illegality and assured to ruthlessly deal with anyone found undertaking development projects of any sort on the school lands.

He stated that lands belonging to the school were solely for the development and further expansion of the institution and not for grabs by few selfish individuals with insular interests.

Navro-Pio clearly stated the stance of his traditional council on issues bordering on land encroachment and said the traditional council is open for cooperation to address the menace.

He urged the public to make information on encroachment issues available to the traditional authority for swift actions to be taken to bring perpetrators to book.

“Before I start with any speech, I will like to warn those busily encroaching on lands belonging to the Navrongo Senior High School. I have been informed about the issue and told it is very bad. People have taken over the school lands and developing them. I want to use this opportunity to warn them to stay away from the lands or I will be forced to take serious actions against them. The lands are for the development of the school and not for individual to seize them and build their projects. The issue of encroachment has become a big problem and we must all work together to address it”, -Navro-Pio urged.

Navro-Pio, who is himself a product of Navasco, and was referred to as “Nabia-Pio”, commended the school for its immense contribution to the growth of education in the area, Northern Ghana and the entire country.

He said through Navasco, a lot of great brains have been raised and are currently occupying high positions and offering their knowledge for the development of Ghana and other parts of the world, a feat he said is worth commendation.

He assured management of the school of his support and commitment to the development of the institution.

The Business Development Minister, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, has called for a consultative meeting of various stakeholders in the education sector to help find lasting solution to abysmal academic performance of students in the north.

He said it was regrettable that the results of both Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) students in the five northern regions continue to declined.

Dr Awal made this call at the launch of the 60th Anniversary Celebration of the Ghana Senior High School (GHANASCO) in Tamale on Saturday.

He lamented that for the past ten years results of students at both BECE and WASSCE are not encouraging and that something urgent ought to be done to address the problem.

Dr Awal has therefore called on educationists, politician and parents to dialogue in order to map out strategies to improve academic performance of the students in the area.

He blamed the terrible academic performance partly on parents, students and teachers.

The minister noted with great concerned that some students were not disciplined and indulged in alcohol and unlawful behaviours which was affecting their education negatively.

He also attributed the problem to lack of commitment and dedication on the part of some teachers and therefore entreated the teachers to redouble and dedicate themselves to their duties.

Dr Awal who is also an old student of the GHANASCO further challenged on parent to be alive to their responsibilities by paying special attention to their children education.

He said it was imperative for all to monitor their wards performance and also make it a point to visit them in the schools.

Dr Awal said human resource is the most important tool for development and it was therefore important to equip the students needed knowledge to be up to the challenges ahead of them.

The minister therefore advise the people of the area to take full advantage of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy to educate their children.

Dr Awal added that the government under the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was working to provide quality and affordable education to all irrespective of one’s economic status.

He announced plans to sponsor girls in the school to offer science courses at the tertiary level.

Dr Awal pledged to address the perennial acute water problem in the school.

Mr Alhassan Andani, Chief Executive Officer of Stanbic Bank on his part admonished the students to take the studies serious.

He also challenged politicians in the area to team up to promote the development of the area.

Mr Andani who is chief of Pishigu stressed on the importance of technology stressing that technology is driving force of globalisation.

Hajia Amina Maidale MushahHeadmistress of the GHANASCO commended the Business Development Minister, Dr Awal for his personal zeal and support to the school.

She said Dr Awal’s support to the school was enormous and urged other old student of the school to emulate the shining example of the minister.



The Assemblies of God Care (AG-Care) Ghana, has donated 90 dual desks to the Adibo Roman Catholic Junior High School in the Yendi Municipality of the Northern Region to support teaching and learning.

The furniture, valued at GH¢ 22,500, was funded by the Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC), a child centred NGO.

Construction work has begun on a 600-bed girls’ dormitory and a housemistress’ bungalow for the Tamale Senior High School (TAMASCO) to provide a healthy living environment for the girls of the school.

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