Education is said to be a very important tool for both the individual and national development. It is also meant to be a right to all children of school going age, but in Ghana, it can best be described as a privilege.
This is due to the huge disparity between the sorts of education some school going age pupils receive depending on where one is located in the country. The Urban pupils seem to have access to BETTER schools than the rural pupils.
The right to education is categorically enshrined in article 25 clause 1 of the 1992 constitution as follows:
(1) All persons shall have the right to equal educational opportunities and facilities and with a view to achieving the full realisation of that right –
(a) basic education shall be free, compulsory and available to all;
(b) secondary education in its different forms, including technical and vocational education, shall be made generally available and accessible to all by every appropriate means, and in particular, by the progressive introduction of free education;
(c) higher education shall be made equally accessible to all, on the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular, by progressive introduction of free education;*
(d) functional literacy shall be encouraged or intensified as far as possible;
(e) the development of a system of schools with adequate facilities at all levels shall be actively pursued.
On the premise of these, Han is located at the Eastern enclaves of the Jirapa Municipality in the Upper West Region. It’s predominantly a Muslim town. It’s the most economic active town after Jirapa.
GET Fund provided a magnificent school administrative block, six unit classrooms, headmaster’s bungalow and two apartments in one bungalow, all fully furnished for the school. The school is currently pursuing General Arts Programme.
Through the Jirapa Municipal Education Directorates and the collaboration of government some teachers and few non teaching staff are placed in the school.
Over 150 students are in the hands of these teachers.
The Han community has struggled over the years and finally connected the school to the National grid temporarily awaiting a separate transformer for the school.
The community did not relent there; they also provided a borehole and a six seater toilet facility for the school.
The ONLY means of transportation for the school is a tricycle, popularly called Motor King procured by PTA on High Purchased.
The PTA also provides ONLY lunch for the students from Monday to Friday. Students of Han SHS do not enjoy breakfast and super like their colleagues in other public schools.
Following the high demand from BECE candidates and parents to have their wards in the school, authorities are compelled to convert one of the three unit classroom blocks to adormitory for the girls. The boys are also accommodated in a common place in town and they commute to the school everyday.
The headmaster of the school Mr. Bayuo Paschaland His teachers are working tirelessly to uplift the image of the school. The school do receive some logistics from government including textbooks, exercise books, and others due public schools. Bureaucratic complications and procedures caused the school not to be formally absorbed by government since four solid years now.
BECE graduates are not often placed in the school. This is a big headache to the Headmaster. The pupils are yearning to enjoy the full package of the Free Education Policy.
The Ghana Education Service and the government should get the school absorbed as early as possible.
This government is a proponent of access to all pupils of school going age NOW (Free Education).
Please put smiles and hopes on these children who are very eager to become responsible Ghanaian citizens.
Nelson Mandela once said” Education is the only most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”
Safe the pupils! Safe the school in Han! Safe Ghana! Safe our future leaders!
By: Nabiebakye Kobina Ebenezer