Parents should invest in their children’s education-Bishop of Yendi
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The Catholic Bishop of Yendi, Vincent Sowah Boi-Nai, has called on parents to invest in their children’s education in order to reduce the high school drop out rate in the area.
He said children can only realize the importance of their parents and their own potentials when they are well educated. Bishop Boi-Nai made the called when he blessed and handed over a GH33,040 three classroom block, office and store built for the Saint Kizito Junior High School to the Yendi Municipal Education Directorate.
He commended the government for using about 30 per cent of its national budget on education which has resulted in the provision of the necessary educational infrastructure for to boost teaching and learning.
Bishop Boi-Nai stated that the Roman Catholic Church preach the word of God and also engage in human development.
He announced that the Catholic Church has established 50 Kindergarten, 45 Primary Schools, 9 Junior High Schools in the Yendi Municipality and is about to secure a parcel of land to establish a teachers’ Training College in the area.
He stated that, the most unfortunate problem facing the area was its poor image as conflict prone.
According to him, due to “this reason, donors do not want to provide funds for the development of the area.
An assistant Director of Education in charge of planning, Mr. Alhassan Shani Mahama, said the implementation of the FCUBE programme had seen remarkable improvement in the enrolment and construction of school buildings at various levels.
Mr. Shani indicated that Yendi Municipality has 157 Primary Schools, 31 Junior High Schools, and 157 Kindergartens.
He announced that the enrolment has increased in the Junior High Schools from 4,214 boys, 2,580 girls totaling 6,794 students in 2008/2009 academic year to 4,553 boys, 2,852 girls totaling 7,405 students with an increase of 611 students within a year.
He said this calls for more classrooms and the Catholic Church is doing the right thing at the right time.
He called on the Catholic Church to organise programmes to engage students who failed in the BECE exams in useful ventures so that they will not be tempted into bad habits.
Mr. Shani appealed to Catholic Church to establish a Senior High School in the Municipality to cater for the BECE graduates from the Abatey Junior High School, St. Charles Junior High School and St. Kizito Junior High School where many students do well at the BECE.
He called on the teachers, students and the parents to take good care of the school block.
The Headmistress of the School, Madam Priscilla Appiah Warden, stated that a teacher would be able to teach effectively by handling a maximum of 45 students per class.
She said unfortunately, for lack of financial resources it has been very difficult for government to put up more class rooms.
She indicated that this situation has often created congestion, inconvenience as teaching and learning become difficult.
Madam Priscilla Appiah assured the Catholic Church and the Ghana Education Service that the school block would be properly taken care