Sissala East District Gets A Community Day Senior High School (UW/R)

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Sissala East, Hon, Johnson Juasuglo Saborh has announced that government had decided to construct one of the two hundred Community Day Senior High Schools in the district.

Mr Sarboh made the announcement when he convened an emergency meeting with some Chiefs and Elders, Hon. Assembly Members, Opinion Leaders, some Heads of Departments and Retired Educationists in the District at the Conference Hall of the Sissala East District Assembly hall.

The community day schools were promised by H E John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana in his 2014 State of the Nation Address to the Parliament.

The DCE who had just returned from an urgent meeting he was invited to by the Ministry of Education in Accra announced to them said the District would benefit from the phase II of the project. He said President’s promise to build 200 Day Senior High Schools by 2016 and make Second Cycle education progressively free was on course as so far the first 50 were at various stages of completion. He added that the 2015 Budget Statement had also made provision for the next 50 of which the Sissala East District was selected to benefit.

He said he was invited over the weekend to Accra for briefing on the selection of the Districts to benefit and therefore wanted the key stakeholders of education in the District to brainstorm on the issue. He charged them to select a suitable site that would meet some environmental and social considerations spelt out in a letter addressed to Assembly. The letter was read at the meeting by Mr. Mumuni Sumani Salia, District Co-ordinating Director which contained all the conditions relating to the selection of site by the beneficiary Districts.

Key amongst these factors were flat land, with a minimum size of 5 to 12 acres or more, proximity to the town itself, road, electricity and other social amenities. The beneficiary community should also be far apart from any existing Senior High School in the District and should be surrounded by Junior High Schools which were populated with students between the ages of 14-17 years.  

The DCE said that he had invited all of them as relevant stakeholders to the meeting for them to play their respective roles with all the necessary objectivity and selflessness it deserved, devoid of argumentation, conflict, misunderstanding and litigation in order to come to a resolution over the location with the above enumerated factors and conditions taken into mind before 10th February, 2015 as indicated in the letter.  The piece of land that the beneficiary community would offer for the project should be free and considered as part of their contribution to the school project. The piece of land should also be registered and documented in the name of the District Assembly.

 He further said if all these criteria were met coupled with the necessary registration and documentation as well as the feedback communicated within the stipulated deadline, the Ministry should hit the ground running by 30th March, 2015 so that the School could admit its first batch of students in 2016/2017 academic year. He advised that stakeholders in their deliberation should be aware of the fact that “The mere physical presence of a Senior High School alone can increase enrollment or uplift education in a community,” he explained.

The DCE also intimated to the stakeholders that his checks on the Assembly records revealed that Galebaga (Wallembelle Paramouncy) and Nabullo communities put in applications of expression of interest for Senior High School to be located in their localities long ago. This was mentioned in light of the fact that some developmental projects like Senior High Schools were demand driven thus the high possibility of applicants to give off their best to make its implementation a huge success.

Contributing to the discussion, the Bujan Kuoro, William Bonli Baah suggested some other factors like nearness to; health facility, water, market and availability of rooms for renting to be considered since the School under discussion is going to be a Community Day S.H.S. And considering all these factors, he said in his personal opinion, Wallembelle stood the chance of hosting the project. However, the rumour mail had it that the Catholic Church had far advanced plans to site S.H.S in that community and granting that that was true, the other communities like Sakai and Nabullo should be considered.

At this juncture, Hon. Godfred Bavuru Kanton, the representative from the Ghana Education Service (GES) intervened with his technical expertise as an educationist to help clarify issues to the stakeholders. In his contribution; he said the existing Catholic Junior High School at Wallembelle had even been handed over to Ghana Education Service (GES) to be managed and also alluded to the assertion that the Catholic Church had such a plan for the Wallembelle community but wanted the full collaboration and support from the community. He added if the Wallembelle community was considered for that very project under discussion the Catholic Church could easily lend itsr support to it and in the near distant future, the school could easily assume boarding status in the District with the support of the Church. Moreover, the community was surrounded by the Junior High Schools of Bandei, Sentie, Jijen, Bugubelle, Vamboi among others which could feed any S.H.S located at the Wallembelle with students.

That intervention he said was aimed at helping stakeholders avert any back and forth arguments and rather explored the possibility of partnering with the Catholic Church to develop synergies for an expedited action on such a time-bound development project in the District.

The Sakai Kuoro, N—dien In-aakul collaborated the earlier contribution of the Bujan Kuoro and reminded the relevant authorities about his community’s expression of interest for an S.H.S and their readiness to release more land for such development projects in his community in the future. The Pieng Kuoro, Humphrey Tordia Bokpan contributing to discussions also suggested that the size of the land should even be increased to 50 acres and above. A retired educationist Mr. Henry Bipuah welcomed the contributions of the earlier stakeholders but however, demanded that it should be placed on the waiting list of records that the Nabullo community would be given a high consideration for such an educational project in the future.

Having settled on the Wallembelle community to play host to that educational project the Wallembelle Paramountcy Reagent (Nmanduanu Kuoro), Alhaji Seidu Atta, the Jantina (Landlord) of Wallemboi and some elders expressed their delight and gratification to the stakeholders for the honour done the community they pledged their readiness to release land as part of the community’s contribution to the project. They also thanked all relevant stakeholders, the Assembly and the Secretariat and prayed for God’s blessings to all relevant stakeholders who contributed to the resolution.

The DCE in his concluding remarks commended all the participants for their quick understanding which had led to such an amicable resolution and asked the Chiefs and Elders of the Wallembelle community to convey that piece of good news to their subjects back home especially the youth. He further added that the youth should be preparing themselves for related job opportunities that would be arising out of the project and also get ready to play a watch dog role in policing construction materials which would be brought to site by the contractor.
The meeting ended with the thumbprints and signatures of the Hon. Assembly Members, Chiefs and some other stakeholders to authenticate the finally resolution to have the educational project located at the Wallembelle community.

Source: ISD (BRAIMAH RAZAK LURIWIE)