Dabokpa Technical Institute (DABOTECH) holds 25th anniversary


The Dabokpa Technical Institute (DABOTECH) of the Tamale Metropolis in the Northern Region has marked its 25th anniversary with a call on students to be discipline and abstain from taking illicit drugs and other negative behavior that will distract their studies.

The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Shani Alhassan Sayibu, who made the call, noted that it is prudent for the students to take their studies seriously to achieve their future aspirations and effectively contribute their quota to national development.

To the students, we are very proud of you. That is the reason why you cannot let us down. We, as parents have the duty to educate you, and you also have the responsibility to take your studies very serious. Stay away from drugs. Stay away from occultism, and also stay away from betting because it will destroy your future,” he urges.  

“Your future lies in your books. Your future lies in your studies, and your future begins at DABOTECH, ” he advised.

The minister while advising the students, indicated that, in the history of TVET education in Ghana, the monumental steps and achievements of the government of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is unprecedented. 

He mentions that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET), the Ghana Technical and Vocational Education and Training Service (GTVETS), Ghana Technical and Vocational Education and Training Service (GTVET Service) and the various Acts of Parliament that have been passed, which have transformed the landscape of TVET education making it attractive and competitive. 

He commended the principal of the school for playing a pivotal role in the development of the DABOTECH. 

“No wonder, she emerged the first runner-up of the Teacher in Leadership and Administration Award in the 2023 Ghana Teacher Prize on 5thOctober, 2023. Congratulations, Madam Principal”.

The celebration of the 25th anniversary, which was marked with various activities, was crowned with a durbar on the theme: “Breaking Barriers, Leading Change”. 

Dabokpa Technical / Vocational Institute was established in the 1960s. The school started as Girls Boarding Middle School. It later became a Home Science Centre for schools around the catchment area. In the late 1970s the Home Science Centre was faced out and Vocational School established, in conjunction with World Bank pilot project for the tailors and dressmakers association.

Currently, the school is offering Engineering Programs, Built Environment Programs, Vocational Programs, IT Programs, Business Programs among others. 

Today, the school has a total population of 2,785 comprising males and females, 52 classrooms, 11 workshops, and 3 IT Laboratories. 

In her welcoming address, the Principal of the school, Ms Mariama Mahama, said the school for the past 25 years had made a significant progress in infrastructure development including construction of three-story block for catering and hospitality, management department, construction of three-story block for software development laboratory, construction of fashion workshop factory, construction of three-unit classroom block, construction of automobile workshop, among others.

She said despite this achievement, the school was still confronted with a series of challenges, including inadequate accommodation for students and staff, lack of classrooms, obsolete tools and machines, lack of assembly hall, inadequate workshops and erratic water supply. 

Ms. Mariama while highlighting these challenges, thus appealed to the government and other development partners to assist the school to address the above mentioned challenges. 

The Principal of the school on behalf of the staff also thanked the traditional rulers within the region for their rule towards enhancing educational opportunities.

Story By: Alhassan Yakubu |www.diamondfmonline.com | Ghana.

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