Deputy UWR Minister donates typewriters to Tumu SHTS

Staff and students of Tumu Senior High Technical School (SHTS) could not hide their joy when Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, Deputy Upper West Regional Minister stormed campus on Thursday morning to donate 22 typewriters to the school.

The typewriters, purchased at the cost of GH¢5,000.00 from the deputy minister’s personal resources is expected to enhance teaching and learning of the Business Secretarial course which was introduced in the school this year 2017.

Mr Issahaku who is also an old boy of the school in a short statement during the presentation to the school in Tumu said a friend who is a teacher at the school drew his attention to the challenge and asked him for support.

“Sometimes, when you have a problem and you don’t tell people you may never get support,” he said.

The deputy minister noted that the gesture was part of his commitment to use his personal resources to help address some of the bottlenecks in education and health institutions and facilities in the region among others.

“Government alone cannot solve all our problems and that is why those of us who are privileged to be in responsible positions should be able to help in our own small way to address some of the petty challenges so that government can focus on delivering policies and programmes that will better the quality of lives of our people,” he said.

The Deputy Regional Minister used the opportunity to advise the students to learn hard and be disciplined so that they could be better than them in the future.

He said Ghana had a lot of natural resources but could not exploit it to its advantage if they don’t develop the human capacity, adding that it was only through education that the human capacity could be developed.

Mr Issahaku pleaded with parents to help their wards to take advantage of the Free SHS policy to educate themselves so that they have the capacity to help exploit their natural resources to the benefit of the Ghanaian society.

Mr Thomas Kanlisi, headmaster of Tumu SHTS thanked the Deputy Regional Minister for the gesture in addition to a long list of other support he promised the school.

The headmaster said the Business Secretarial course, which was introduced this year could not have been effective without such support, adding that previously, students were only learning theory without practical training because there were no typewriters.

“With this gesture, those offering the course will now have access to hands on practical training,” Mr. Kanlisi noted.

He said the school has current population of 1,653 with five departments including Technical, Vocational, Business Secretarial, General Arts and Agriculture.

Mr. Kanlisi disclosed that the school was able to admit 548 students for the free SHS education policy.

Previously, the deputy minister also made personal donations of a printer and a photocopier machine to the Sissala West District Directorate of Education, an air conditioner and a fridge to the Naabugbelle Health Centre and a motorbike to the Bugubelle CHPS compound.



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