Don't ignore education, SADA urged
8/8/2012 1:01:03 AM -
Bolgatanga, Aug 07, GNA - Management of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) has been urged to avoid concentrating on the development of agriculture to the detriment of meeting educational needs.
Mr Robert Ajene, a retired educationist, who made the suggesion at the third annual congress of the National BONABOTO Students Union held at Bolgatanga on Monday, said it was very essential for SADA to focus on the development of education in the area since it is one of the key components at addressing poverty in the area.
'The developmental gap between the north and the south can only be bridged properly when the educational needs of the area are adequately and well catered for'.
He called on the Management of SADA to make available more educational infrastructure including additional schools, furniture, dormitories, teachers' accommodation, teaching and learning materials.
He expressed regret that there were few schools in the area as compared to the southern sector saying this year about 1,300 students applied for the Saint Bosco Training College at Navrongo but the facility could only admit 300 students.
He said apart from the few schools in the north, the schools there were poorly equipped as compared to schools in the southern sector and appealed to SADA to take a critical look at educational needs.
He said under SADA, teachers posted to the rural areas should be given special allowances which should include housing allowances and be granted one or two years study leave with pay.
This, he, said would attract more teachers to teach in the rural areas to improve upon education.
The outgoing President of the Union, Mr Atubga David Atia, said since he took over the Union as the President they had organised holiday classes and donated some medical equipment to the Bolgatanga Hospital.
'Members of the Union in the past have been assisting the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly to mobilize revenue and will continue to assist in the development of the Region', he said.