Sissala East: Tumu St. Clare Graduates 30 Students, Appeals to Gov’t to pay Casual Staff

Tumu St. Clare Vocational School

A total of 30 students have graduated from St. Clares Technical Institute during its 27th congregation ceremony held at Tumu.

They graduated in Fashion Design Technology, Hospitality and Catering Management, Textile Hand Weaving, Information and Communication Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology.

Sister Catherine Naaeke, the Principal of the Institute indicated at the congregation that out of the 30 graduands, 44 students got enrolled into the school in 2019, however, 14 students dropped out along the line.

She said out of the 30 graduands, seven graduands had the qualifications to pursue regular degree programmes whilst 16 could pursue Higher National Diploma courses with the rest qualifying for advance courses at the Polytechnics.

She appealed to the government and stakeholders especially parents to support the school, adding that the school was faced with numerous challenges including lack of infrastructure, non-payment of 12 casual staff yet to be put on the government payroll, absence of tutors for English Language, Integrated Science, Social studies, Catering, Information Communication Technology, Electricals, and weaving.

“With the introduction of the free Technical Vocational Education Training for all, we declared a vacancy for 140 students to be placed, but the inadequate infrastructure allowed us to accommodate only 83.

“We have only a few staff bungalows and so most of the staff stay outside the school premises making monitoring of students a challenge and we still have no dormitory block for the boys,” she said.

She commended the government for the donation of a 33-seater bus but said transportation for administrative work was still a challenge in the institute.

Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, the Member of Parliament for the Sissala East constituency commended the principal and staff for their efforts in managing the school.

He urged the graduands to take advantage of the skills acquired to start a trade or further their education.

Mr Yakubu Fuseini Batong, the Sissalla East Municipal Chief Executive assured that the government would continue to make strides in making education a right not a privilege for everyone.

“That is why the government has refocused vocational education is not specific trade such as automobile mechanic welders, which was associated with lower social classes, but have to redirect our thinking on how to educate our children to avoid the long queue of getting formal employment,” he said.

Kuoro Zakaria Savei Mahmoud, Kong Kuoro who represented the Paramount Chief appealed to the principal to work with the Member of Parliament to get the 12 staff of the school the process of putting them onto the government payroll to ensure effective teaching and learning.

He appealed for business Start- ups for the graduands to begin something on their own from the Sissala East Assembly and other development partners to put their training to practice.

Source: GNA

We shall work for Roads Improvement in the Upper West – Chinnia

The Deputy upper west regional minister Hon. Amidu Chinnia Issahaku has allayed fears they “as leaders of the area would not sit unconcerned when resources of the state are shared without allocation to their areas, he explained that there exist urban roads, highways and feeder roads at the road ministry and works are given based on the existing problem adding that these are solely for potholes patching in some selected areas and others will come soon”.

It follows a publication on the Citifmonline portal Tuesday that suggested several districts of the upper west region had not been captured for patching of roads identified as ‘bad’ and deplorable. The report that said Sissala East and West, Wa East and West districts are missing out on list of awarded 253 roads published for repairs across the country which are believed to be in deplorable condition was received with rage on RadfordFM Masie Breakfast Show as callers expected to see potholes in the area captured for attention. Hon. Amidu Chinnia Issahaku on RadfordFM Masie states, that he believes there are other projects the Ghana highway authority and feeder road would rollout subsequently and some roads in the above mentioned districts will be captured despite the fact that the list published did not include any of the above mentioned. He said the lists published are existing tarred major highways that have developed potholes and minor problems and however, assured that they are making efforts to ensure their own people gets their share of development in the region. He expressed that it would be sad for such a good project to take off and you don’t find your region or district among the beneficiaries and ask for the public be patient with the government whilst they work to improve every part of Ghana, ‘otherwise what pride do we have as leaders from the Sissala area, stating that he would consult the minister of high way in that regard for further information’.

Credit: Radford Fm

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