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11.07.2005 Regional News

Don't Delay in absorbing School of Hygiene graduates- Principal


Tamale, July 11, GNA - Mr Philip K. Zori, the Principal of the Tamale School of Hygiene, has expressed dismay at the delay in absorbing graduates from the hygiene schools by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and urged the authorities to soften bureaucratic tendencies.

"As I speak now, students who had completed in 2004 are still sitting in their houses idling and not posted. The situation is disappointing and frustrating".

"Our situation is pathetic. The Ministry of Health trains the students and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development employs them. A goat that belongs to two masters will always be beaten by the rain." Mr Zori, who was speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Tamale, urged the ministry to streamline the bottlenecks in the system and absorb graduates of these institutions in the same manner the ministries of Food and Agriculture, Health and Education had been doing for graduates from their institutions.

He appealed to the Ministry of Health to consider giving allowances and other incentive packages to tutors of the school to help alleviate poverty related problems that sometimes create confusion between them and their students.

The Principal said inadequate classroom, library, and teachers' accommodation were some of the problems facing the school and appealed to the authorities to assistance.

Mr Zori appealed to the metropolitan and district assemblies in the region to support the District Assemblies Capacity Building Project (DISCAP) that is offering in-service training to upgrade the skills of environmental health officers to educate the public on the need for safe sanitation practices.