Madam Paulina Patience Abayage, the Upper East Regional Minister, has reiterated government’s commitment to improving the human resource base of the country through strong and guided reforms in the education sector.
She said the only way to building a resilient economy was through quality education that would transform the human resource base through knowledge and quality skills acquisition.
Madam Abayage disclosed this at her maiden tour of some tertiary institutions in Navrongo in the Kasena-Nankana Municipality to have first hand information on the institutions.
She said education was the driving force for national development and government would ensure this was realized through proactive measures such as upgrading of some tertiary institutions to autonomous bodies and improving on the technical and vocational institutions.
The Minister visited the University for Development Studies (UDS), the Saint John Bosco College of Education and the Navrongo Community Health Nursing Training College.
Professor Bishop Alfred Luguterah, the Principal of the UDS, at the Navrongo Campus, said the campus was established in 2002 as a science based one, and was currently running three faculties; Applied Science, Mathematics, and Earth and Environment.
It has eight departments and run several programmes at the Diploma, First Degree, Masters and Doctorate in Philosophy levels.
Professor Luguterah said the University was challenged with inadequate staffing, facilities and equipment, vehicles, poor lighting systems and bad road network among others.
He called on government to expedite action on giving the Navrongo campus the autonomy and support it to solve its challenges to help develop the country.
At the Saint John Bosco College of Education, Mr William Anamoo Atindana, the Principal of the College, complained to the Minister about a number of stalled projects, irregular supply of water, lack of student and staff accommodations, and poor toilet systems, thereby compelling the students to practice open defecation on campus.
Mr Atindana said the School run two programmes; three-year Diploma in Basic Education (DBE) and four-year Bachelor in Education (B.ed) with a total population of 1,240.
He disclosed that the College’s land was being encroached upon by estate developers, and called on government, through the Minister, to intervene.
Students of the College and the Navrongo Community Health Nursing Training College commended the Government for paying their allowances and gave the assurance to study hard to augment the human resource needs of the country.