With unionism participants of the first Town Hall Meeting of the Wassa East District Assembly are demanding for the establishment of a senior high school or a Technical Vocational Educational Training institute in Ateiku; a rural community in the district. A thoughtful consideration is also being taken to establish one at Atobiase, another rural community in the District, should plans for their establishment receives the needed support form government, District Chief Executive for the area, Wilson Arthur has assured.
The event which was held on Friday 1 March, 2019 provided the assembly to engage and update the citizenry its 2018 development performance as well as the outlook for this year.
The argument was motivated by the rising number of students who qualify into the second cycle institutions, with a resulting effect in an exponential reduction of school drop-outs since the implementation of the Free SHS policy in 2017.
Mr. Wilson Arthur at the occasion disclosed that a total of 2,032 out of a 2,083 students who sat for the 2018 Basic Education Certificate Examination in the District excelled into SHS/TVET institutions in the country.
Taking cognizance of the financial implications and the need to build the human capacity of the district, Mr. Wilson Arthur in a response to concerns raised at the event noted that a more sustainable funding scheme needs to be identified and developed.
He added that the government has decentralized the Scholarship Secretariat, and that the assembly has commissioned a District Committee to evaluate applications for sponsorship into tertiary education.
“Additionally, the Wassa East District has signed on to Ghana student Loan Trust fund to guarantee for as many of her students who qualify. The Assembly intends to devote its education financial support budget and the MP’s budget, for students pursuing Agric, Health and Educational programmes, while Golden Star Wassa Mines and Plantation Socfinaf Ghana invest their education support budget in training locals strategically to meet their recruitment needs” Mr. Arthur hinted.
Other developmental issues and impact
The 2018 fiscal year was premised on Human Development and Agricultural strategic Investments for the Wassa East District. Under government special initiative; Planting for Exports and Rural Development, a total of 680,000 improved cocoa seedlings were given to farmers for free, last year, additionally, 30 new mass spraying gangs sponsored by the district were provided with Solo Motorised machines. The COCOBOD Artificial Pollination and Pruning programme was effected to boost cocoa yield in the district.
Patrobnage for Planting for Food and Jobs programme tripled with 1,289 new farmers enrolling, as compared to what was recorded in 2017.
Mr Arthur disclosed that a Wassa East Quarry project, and Oil Palm processing factory will be initiated, hopefully by July this year, and “as anticipated, a Starch and Rubber Processing factories and Seed factory to follow soon”