The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has hinted at the Government’s commitment to bridging the North-South disparity in education outcomes.
He explained that although many Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) were operating in the northern sector of the country, the impact of their interventions has not translated into an optimum improvement in Education outcomes.
The Vice President attributed the inability of the NGOs from making 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 Mahamudu 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 on Saturday.
The anniversary which attracted thousands of old students, politicians, traditional authorities, the clergy, faith-based organizations and other people should have been held in 2020, but the covid-19 pandemic caused the school’s management and board to shift it to last Saturday.
The well-attended event was used to present awards to hard working staff and deserving students who excelled in various courses of study.
Apart from the awards, on display were children dancers who exhibited various cultural dances from the northern sector of the country.
The Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, in an address read for him, lauded the management and board of the Yendi Senior High for the feat chalked by the schools 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 Education Minister announced plans to change the status of the school from category “B” to “A” to promote effective teaching and learning.
Appeal for support
The Headmaster of the School, Chief Alhassan Mustak Hussein, used the occasion to praise the past and present staff of the school for their roles played over the years towards the improvement and laurels chalked by the school over the period.
He appealed to the government and other philanthropists to come to the aid of the school to help renovate the school’s laboratory, pickup 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 taring roads in the school to help create a conducive environment in the school for teaching and learning.
Appreciation to government
The Overlord of Dagbon, Yaa Naa Abukari Mahama II, in an address read for him lauded the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for introducing the Free Senior High School 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.
The Yendi Senior High School was established in 1970 to educate people from the Northern-Eastern corridor of the country with an initial student population of 70 males and five females.
The school has gone through series of changes now has a total student population of 3540 of which 1900 are males and 1645 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.
The school’s Golden Jubilee celebration had to be postponed to 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic which made it impossible to assemble a large number of people.