President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, has stressed the need for massive investment in education and educational infrastructure to cater for the ever growing students’ population in the Region.
He in this regard called for the total overhauling of the educational system with emphasis on the usage of the oil revenue to cater for what he termed the declining standards and infrastructure deficits.
“Activities from the shores must benefit the people and improve education especially in the Western Region,” he said.
Ogyeahoho Gyebi was speaking as the guest speaker of the fifth Kundum festival celebration of the Chiefs and people of the Essikado Traditional Area in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis of the Region, on the theme “Role of tradition in community and national development”.
He was unhappy that the Western Region had only two of the grade A schools: Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS) and Archbishop Porter and called for pragmatic measures and programmes from among stakeholders to improve upon education in the region, adding “we need to explore avenues and improve the sciences, technical and vocational education, ICT and domestic science”.
The Chief suggested that some resources earmarked for the education sector, should be channelled to upgrade schools such as St. John and Half Assini senior high among other second cycle institutions to reduce the pressure on parents and students travelling to other parts of the Region for admissions.
Turning attention on the Scholarship by GNPC, he wondered why about 10,000 pounds should be spent on people to go abroad each year, noting that such training could be done locally, with improvement of petrochemical and mining engineering courses and laboratory facilities at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and other universities.
For this year, Ogyeahoho Gyebi announced that about 400 student would benefit from the foundation programmes for scholarships with about 150 beneficiaries selected from the Region.
The Metropolitan Chief Executive for Sekondi-Takoradi, Mr. K.K. Sam, also stressed the need to improve upon the fallen standards of education and urged parents to control the pervasive manner in which television and other social media platforms had taken the better parts of today’s children.