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Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo Lacks Basic Amenities

2007-10-08 15:55:36
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The District Director of Education for the Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District, Madam Christina Tampie, has called on government to fast-track development initiatives in the district to help facilitate development of education in the area.

According to her, the lack of social amenities was adversely affecting the progress of education and development of the human resource in the district. The situation, she said, might also obstruct the success of the new educational reforms. Madam Tampie made the call in an interview with The Chronicle in Tamale recently.
She specified that, lack of electricity, communication facilities, good road network, modern classrooms and vehicles for schools still hindered education in the newly-created Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District. According to her, the only way she received information from her bosses at the regional and national levels was through her counterpart at the Saboba-Chereponi District, who transferred the information to her through a dispatch rider.

The Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District Director of Education also stated that none of the schools in the district, from primary to the senior secondary levels, had the required means of transport to facilitate the movement of students and teachers to visit nearby science resource or learning centres or embark on excursions to historic sites to enhance their knowledge.

She also disclosed that, so far she was the only education officer in the district who owned a car to carry out her duties. According to her, any time students were to go for inter-schools competitions such as sports, quizzes and other co-curricula activities, the authorities had to hire commercial vehicles, which she noted was draining the little resources of their schools.

Madam Tampie further disclosed that the only two second cycle institutions in her district, the Bunkpurugu Secondary Technical and Nankpanduri Business Secondary Schools, were collapsing. She asserted that the Nankpanduri Business Secondary School, since 2004, was relying on one basic school for classes on a shift basis.

Students of the Nankpanduri Business Secondary School had been sitting in an uncompleted six-unit classroom block for studies since 2004, but no effort had been made by government to address the problem. The two institutions were also under-resourced and most teachers refused postings to the district.

Madam Tampie appealed to government to at least upgrade one of the two secondary schools to fit the status of a modern second cycle institution. The Chronicle has learnt that the Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District, including its capital, does not have electricity to facilitate the government Special Initiative on Distance Learning and ICT training. This is affecting academic performance of students in the area.

She however commended the government and the Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District Assembly as well as other NGOs that were operating in the district for their continuous support towards the development of education in the district.

Meanwhile, Fifteen out of the eighteen District Directors of Education in the Northern Region have received brand new Toyota Hilux pick-ups as part of government plans to make the new educational reforms a success.

The vehicles would also ensure effective and efficient work as well as supervising education activities in their respective districts. The remaining three - Savelugu-Nanton, Yendi and Tamale - are yet to receive theirs.

Presenting the vehicles to the education directors on behalf of President Kufuor, the Regional Minister, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris said government would commit more attention to the plight of teachers and other officers of education to promote and sustain the reforms. This, he indicated, would result in the development of quality human resource for the growth of the economy.

Alhaji Mustapha, however, cautioned the beneficiary directors to use the vehicles judiciously to boost education in their districts and the region as a whole.

The Northern Regional Director of Education, Mr. John K. Hobenu, who received the vehicles on behalf of the directors, commended government for the gesture.

He indicated that, with the new vehicles nothing would be difficult for the directors to do, especially in discharging their duties and monitoring activities of all teachers under their jurisdiction.

The regional director called on government to consider rehabilitating the roads in the region to boost the life span of the vehicles.


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