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Job SeekersAlhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru, Upper East Regional Minister has said that human resource development is a major determinant of any nation’s economic growth.

He said it was for this reason that the Government was not sparing any effort to develop education from the basic to the highest level.

The Regional Minister made the observation at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Bolgatanga Girls Senior High School (BOGIS) last Saturday.

The anniversary celebration was under the theme, “Forty Years of Moulding the Girl-Child through Discipline and Quality Education”.

Alhaji Muniru said in this regard, Government intended to construct 20 community day Senior High Schools across the country,  and that six of those schools would be constructed in the Upper East Region.

He added that the location for the six schools in the Region had already been identified and the site plans already prepared for takeoff.

Reacting to an appeal by the headmistress for staff accommodation and toilet facilities, the Regional Minister gave the assurance that under the GETFUND and the Community Water and Sanitation Projects, a number of staff quarters and toilet facilities would be constructed in the school during the ensuing year.

He entreated parents and school authorities not to only think about delivering quality education but most importantly to ensure that students received proper training.

He also impressed on tutors to live above reproach by demonstrating a high sense of humility, punctuality, honesty and, above all, devotion to duty.

Dr Atinga Mba, Rector of the Bolgatanga Polytechnic who was the Guest Speaker for the occasion, expressed regret about riots by students in second cycle institutions.

He cited the recent rioting by students of the Walewale Senior High School which led to the destruction of property, saying the students’ action was not justifiable.

The Guest Speaker who attributed the problem to indiscipline among students, called on Ghanaians to revisit the past where communities, rather than individual parents, owned children and which reinforced discipline.

The Headmistress of the School, Ms Memuna  Abubakar, said for the past five years the school had continuously recorded excellent results and that most students from the school gained admission into tertiary institutions to pursue further education.

She stated that the school had also excelled in other fields including sports and Project Citizen, a National Commission for Civic Education organised competition on human rights and the country’s constitution.

She added that BOGIS had produced lots of professionals including Lawyers, Doctors, Educationists, Businessmen and businesswomen who were actively contributing to national development.

The Headmistress therefore appealed for support from all stakeholders across the country to help the School to produce more female professionals to bridge the national gender gap.

The event attracted people from varied backgrounds including heads of second cycle institutions, Principals from Training Colleges, Departmental Heads and Old Students of the school.

Donations and pledges were made in an appeal for funds towards enhancing development in the school.

Source: GNA

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