President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said government would resource technical schools in view of their crucial role in national development.
He said schools labeled as technical schools were technical in “hope than in reality” and promised huge investments in infrastructure to enable them overcome their challenges.
President Akufo-Addo said this at the 33rd Anniversary and 2nd Speech and Prize Giving Day of Mafi-Kumase Senior High Technical School at Mafi-Kumase in the Volta Region.
He said the nation required a workforce with basic education in high school to accelerate its modernization process adding that “it shames us that 60 years after independence, many of our schools are under resourced”.
The President said “we need to modernize all aspects of our lives and we need skilled people to lead the modernization process. It is in the laboratories and workshops that young people get their imagination and develop the skills that would equip them for the modern world.”
He said government’s free Senior High School must not simply churn out young people who would not be equipped to cope with modern world, noting that, an unskilled high school graduate is no better than the graduate of a junior high school.
President Nana Akufo Addo said his government would ensure that high schools and teachers were well equipped to deal with issues of science and technology to overcome the joblessness and underdevelopment in the society.
Mr Courage Meteku, Headmaster of the School, said the institution, established in 1983, has progressed in spite of its numerous challenges.
He said the School owed the water and electricity companies huge amounts of money and appealed for boreholes and a power plant to reduce utility bills.
Mr Mateku said there was no accommodation for staff on campus and that the two house mistresses were living in student cubicles which made the supervision of boarding students difficult.
He said the School also lacked a modern administration block, workshops, laboratories and studios for the various departments.
Togbe Brentua Asafo IV, Mankralo of Mafi Traditional Area, said challenges facing the area included inadequate health facilities, bad road networks, security, and a modern market.
He said the people of the area are mainly gari producers and appealed for a processing plant to be considered when implementing the “One District One Factory” policy.
President Nana Akufo Addo unveiled an anniversary bust in honor of Mr. JK Dunyo, first headmaster of the school and presented awards to outstanding student and staff.
He said the School’s utility bills would be taken care of and promised the give the School a bus and a well equipped workshop.