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Bunkpurugu/Yunyoo District Cries For Help

2006-08-29 21:45:26
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The District Director of Education for Bunkpurugu/Yunyoo, Ms Christiana B. Tampie has called on the Government to as a matter of urgency, extend electricity to the communities in the District to facilitate the Government Special Initiative (PSI) on Distance Learning in particular and teaching and learning as a whole. Ms Tampie disclosed that though the District had been provided with 25 Television (TV) sets and other accessories to encourage the distance learning programme, the nonexistence of electricity was depriving the beneficiary schools from undertaking the programme smoothly. Speaking in an interview with The Chronicle at her office in Bunkpurugu, the GES District Director described as “disheartening”, the absence of electricity and communication facilities, which she noted was immensely affecting quality education in the area.

She revealed that her administration was considering how it could encourage all the 20 Junior Secondary and the two Senior Secondary Schools in the District to use part of their capitation grants to purchase standby generators to temporary facilitate the distance learning and other educational activities, whilst waiting for government’s intervention. In spite of the fast growing telecommunication business in the country, the entire District including its capital, Bunkpurugu, could not swank of a single communication network or telephone facility.

Some few institutions and rich individuals were however, depending on solar lamps. This and many other problems compounded, were depriving the Bunkpurugu/Yunyoo District from improving on its academic performance and getting investors to establish in the area. Ms Tampie told the paper that, the Government has done a lot to promote quality education in the area, with particular reference to the introduction of the Capitation Grant, free feeding programme, and provision of adequate textbooks among others, but she however appealed for more interventions.

Apart from Government’s continuous support to improving educational standard in the District, other agencies including UNICEF and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), according her, were also assisting education in the District by providing teaching and learning materials, bicycles to female pupil/students who stay afar from school and also training volunteer teachers to support teaching. The Director added that, the District had seen higher increment in school enrollments at the basic levels as a result of World Food Programme and NEPAD free feeding programme and other government programmes.

She however identified inadequate trained teachers, lack of teachers’ accommodation, insufficient educational infrastructure and scarcity of science teachers in particular as some of the nagging issues ought to be addressed by the Government without any further delay. The Director also complained about the high school dropout facing the district amongst the girl child especially. According to Ms. Tampie, there were still some instances where one teacher was handling a whole primary school in the Bunkpurugu district.

The District Statistics Officer, Joseph Ali Lachir told The Chronicle that entire district has two trained and 21 untrained teachers at the Kindergarten (KG) level, 187 trained and 132 untrained for primary and 96 trained and 20 untrained at the JSS level. Also in the same interview with Ms Tampie, the Assistant GES District Director of Human Resource Management, Lawrence Kwotuah appealed to the Government to support the Volunteer Teachers with some incentives to sustain their living. He also attributed the refusal of teachers to accept posting to the district to the poor or inaccessible road network in the area coupled with lack of telephone and electricity facilities.

source: Chronicle

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