The Lambussie Traditional Council has handed over a 50-acre land to the government to build a community day senior high school at Lambussie in the Lambussie-Karni District.
Kuoro Salifu Issaka Dy-yaka, the Paramount Chief of Lambussie Traditional Area, in a short handing over ceremony thanked the government for remembering the area in sharing of the national cake.
He said this was the second time the government of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had responded positively to the educational needs of the people of the area and cited the Piina SHS as the first.
The Paramount Chief said the area was lagging behind in terms of educational facilities and that the Community Day SHS would help address that challenge and make SHS education accessible to the people.
Mr. Bom Kofi Dy-yaka, the Lambussie-Karni District Chief Executive, said the intervention would help address the geographical disparities in secondary education in the region and the entire country.
Mr. Dy-yaka said the initiative was part of the provision of the first batch of 50 SHSs out of the 200 SHSs the President and the government promised to build across the country.
He appealed to stakeholders, especially non-governmental organisations and the private sector, to support the government and the Assembly to deliver quality education.
Mr. Dy-yaka said the Assembly committed more than half of its budget annually to service the education sector, citing teachers’ accommodation, provision of portable water and electricity to schools to improve on teaching and learning as some of the projects it had undertaken
He said soon the Piina SHS would see the completion of a dining hall complex, well equipped science laboratory and the construction of a boys’ dormitory while two semidetached quarters have been earmarked for rehabilitation to accommodate staff of Holy Family SHS at Hamile by the end of the year.
The Assembly is constructing classroom blocks with furniture to improve basic school infrastructure in the district while improving on its sponsorship package to teacher trainees to improve quality education at the basic level.
The Assembly has also established an award scheme for deserving teachers and three best Basic Education Certificate Examination Students annually as part of efforts to motivate teachers and pupils.
Dr. Musheibu Mohammed Alfa, the Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, expressed his gratitude to the Chief and people for releasing the land to the government for the construction of the school.
He said the Upper West Region was having three of the first badge of 50 Senior High Schools and that when the project was completed, it would make education accessible and affordable to all.
Dr. Alfa called on the consulting firm, Architectural Engineering Services Limited (AESL), to provide quality technical services to ensure value for money.
Mr. Adu Larbi, Head of Planning at the Ghana Education Service (GES) Headquarters in Accra, said the E-Block structure was made up of 24 classrooms, four laboratories, two libraries, an ICT laboratory and offices for heads of departments. GNA