The District Chief Executive for the Saboba district in the northern region, Hon George K. Bingrini says that, the Akuffo Addo led government has been able to fulfill its free Senior High School education campaign policy. The free SHS policy was one of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) major campaign promise prior to the 2016 general elections.
Over 400,000 Junior High School students across the country were enrolled into the various public senior high schools in the country. This year’s enrolment government has said increased significantly due to the implementation of the policy.
Out of a total number of 460,941 registered candidates who sat for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), 424,092 candidates have qualified to benefit from the flagship ‘Free Senior High School’ policy. This, the DCE said included students in the saboba district.
According to George Bingrini, the total number of students admitted in the area this year is one thousand three hundred and thirteen (I313). Out of which 855 are boys and 458 are girls.
The Saboba District Chief Executive revealed further that the performance of Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the district has been on a downward slope in 2017 representing 14.8% as against 12.5% for last year.
The DCE made these comments whilst addressing a town hall gathering today Friday, December 8, 2017 at the district community center.
Hon. George K. Bingrini also touched on a number of areas including Agriculture, Sanitation, Security, the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication program, and the National Health Insurance Scheme as some of the pro poor policies being implemented by the Akuffo Addo administration.
In the area of agriculture this year in the saboba district, Hon. George K. Bingrini revealed government has focused on four key value chains which includes maize, rice, sorghum and vegetable production anchored on improved seeds, provision of fertilizer, extension services, marketing and e -agriculture platform. This, the DCE said will create jobs for the teaming youth in the area, improve income of farmers and the rural dwellers amongst others.
With the sanitation situation in the area, the Mr. George encouraged the people to develop the habit of building toilet facilities in their homes. This, he believe will help achieve the memorandum of understanding (MoU) the assembly signed at the Regional Coordinating Council for the district to attain open defecation free (ODF) in March, 2019.
As the Chairman of the District Security Council (DISEC), he however thanked and commended opinion leaders, Chiefs, members of DISEC, and the traditional authorities for playing significant roles to promote peace and development in the district.
Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Program (IPEP)
Hon. George also reiterated that the nation will soon see massive infrastructural development projects under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Program. This he stated will cover areas such as roads, schools, hospitals housing and many other facilities.
The National Health Insurance Scheme under 2017 review achieved a percentage of 89% as 30,108 was the target population but were able to register new clients totaling 5,690 and renewed 21,131 in the entire saboba district.
story by: Mohammed Gadafi/Abdulai Abdul Rafiq _ northstarfmonline.com