By Anthony Apubeo, GNA
Bongo (U/E), March 8, GNA – Mr Peter Ayamga Ayinbisa, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Bongo District, has reiterated government’s commitment to developing the human resource base of the country to enhance our development.
He said the growth of the economy and improvement in the lives of the people in the country was dependent on the active and effective participation of skilled human resources and the current administration was poised to produce skilled personnel through education.
The MCE said this during the 61st Independence Anniversary celebration parade held in Bongo.
The event brought together 41 basic and second cycle schools including seven voluntary organizations in the district; and also in attendance were religious and traditional leaders and other government officials.
The MCE said government has channelled more resources into making quality education accessible and affordable to all Ghanaians adding “human resource development is one of the areas of the government’s focus”.
“To this end, substantial amounts of resources, human and financial, have been devoted to the educational sector to ensure that the country has the requisite human resource to man the economy of the country. The Free Senior High School policy, restoration of the teacher trainee allowances just to mention a few are all geared towards expanding the human resource base of the country”.
He said the District Assembly was committed to dealing with the infrastructure challenges that schools encountered, to improve performance and called for collaboration from the private sector to raise the academic performance of students in the district.
He said “it is sad to state that out of the total number of fifty schools that sat for the BECE in 2016, four schools scored zero percent; in 10 schools, boys scored zero per cent whiles girls in seven schools scored zero per cent. This appalling performance can only be reversed if we commit both human and financial resources, together with the support of major stakeholders to support all programmes initiated by government to address the challenges in the education sector.”
On sanitation and hygiene, the DCE noted that even though about 29 communities in the district had declared Open Defecation Free and some communities were making good strides, the Assembly Members had the responsibility of working together with their electorate to enable the district achieve Open Defecation Free by 2019.
He asked the public to use the occasion to reflect on measures to assist the government to achieve its target of building Ghana beyond Aid.
“The goal of the government is to strengthen Ghana’s position as a magnet for investment in the productive ventures to create jobs for youth’, he added.
He called for continuous peace in the district and added, “Sustainable development thrives in the atmosphere of peace and security.”
The colourful event was characterized by cultural performances including poetry recitals from some basic school pupils.