Date: July 11, 2009, 8:18 am


GOVT. MUST ACT NOW TO GET STUDENTS IN NORTHERN SCHOOLS BACK IN THE CLASSROOM


The past few months have been characterized by agitations and protests over the delay in the release of feeding grants for Senior High Secondary boarding schools in the three northern regions i.e. Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions for the second and third terms of the 2007/8 academic year. 

Our information is that, 37 senior high secondary schools in the Upper East and Northern Region with a total of 32,824 students in boarding facilities are affected, and are currently at home.  An estimated 13,000 more in 12 Senior High Secondary Schools with boarding facilities in Upper West Region are also affected. Re-opening of the senior high boarding schools in the three regions has had to be postponed indefinitely.

The Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) finds it disconcerting, that delays in releasing funds for the affected regions have in the past few years become routine, a situation which raises concerns about government’s commitment to bridging the North-South education divide, and to the education sector as a whole, which has been identified in the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy II as key in the production of the requisite human capital in reaching middle income status by 2015. 

Under the circumstance, the Ghana Education Service may find it difficult to achieve parity between students in the northern sector and those in other regions so they can all write the same SSCE exams or to even achieve its objective of increasing access to secondary education. 

Even though the Scholarships Secretariat has given assurances that they are doing their best to disburse the Northern Scholarships as soon as possible, such assurances cannot restore the lost opportunity and time for teaching and learning to the affected students. ISODEC has reason to believe that the Government is not treating the situation with the urgency it deserves, and calls for immediate action to arrest the situation.

 

It is important to look beyond the current crisis to identify the root cause of the problem and to institute measures to forestall its re-occurrence.  

 

ISODEC wishes to state emphatically that education is a fundamental right for all people, women and men, of all ages and that the delay or refusal of the state to honour its obligations to the northern Ghana schools constitute a denial of this right to the affected students. 

 

 


 


 

 

Attached:  Data collected on the number of students affected.

BOARDING_SCHOOLS_IN_UPPER_EAST_REGION.

BOARDING SCHOOLS IN UPPER EAST REGION

 

NAME OF SCHOOLS

YEAR ONE(1)

YEAR TWO(2)

YEAR THREE(3)

 

 

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

1

Bawku Secondary Technical

190

33

189

27

181

20

2

Bolga Technical Institute

298

136

365

117

279

133

3

Gowrie Secondary Technical

119

68

121

98

113

52

4

Sadema Secondary

139

136

112

89

96

74

5

Zebilla Secondary

101

64

141

97

107

65

6

Sadema Secondary Technical

134

76

144

102

119

67

7

Zamse Secondary Technical

159

81

143

81

125

90

8

Bongo Secondary

93

87

108

102

68

73

9

Notre Dame Secondary

92

-

84

-

91

-

10

Kusanaba Secondary

85

52

80

67

33

58

11

Navrongo Secondary

304

101

295

112

298

79

12

Zuarungu Secondary




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