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UCC PRO VC Urges Parents To Support Free SHS Policy

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Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Coast (UCC), Prof George Kweku Toku Oduro, has advised parents to commit themselves to sustaining government’s free Senior High School (SHS) policy. He urged parents not to shirk their responsibilities in the development of their children’s academic pursuit due to the free policy.

He indicated the school is not a ‘dumping site’ where parents can throw their wards and sit unconcerned without having their welfare at heart. In his view, the free SHS policy can be effective if parents show commitment by ensuring that logistics needed to improve their children’s academic work are always available when needed.

Speaking at the 5th Speech and Prize Giving Day of Obiri Yeboa Senior High School at Assin Foso last Saturday, Professor Oduro said, the survival of the free SHS policy is the responsibility of both parents and the ministry of education.

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“It is sad to know that some parents see the school as a dumping place. Some fathers especially, do not show interest in what happens to their children in school. If you are a parent who hides behind the Free SHS policy to shirk your responsibilities to your child, I challenge you to change your attitude.

Develop much interest in what happens to your child at school, visit the school and interact with teachers on matters relating to your child’s study and general conduct at school.”

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Prof Oduro delivering his address   Photo: Kojo Dei

Prof Oduro said it is important to sustain the policy by ensuring that quality related issues in secondary schools are not compromised.

“The 1992 constitution obliges parents to play a vital role towards their children’s growth and development. Section 6 of the 560th Act of Parliament, entitled the children’s act 1998 also articulates that no parent shall deprive a child his or her welfare. Every child has the right to life, dignity, respect, leisure, liberty, health, education and shelter from his or her parents.”

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The Headmaster of the school, George Apotae Addae in his report sung praises of the schools achievement’s over the years. The school’s 97% score in the recent West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSSCE) results was a phenomenal achievement in its history as announced by the headmaster. Beneath the achievement however, were consequential challenges which the headmaster noted needed urgent support.


Headmaster of Obiri Yeboa Senior High School, George Apotae Addae

“Computer science laboratory is poorly resourced. Most of our computers are broken down and the few ones used by the students are old and need replacement. Teaching of information technology is therefore a herculean task for us. The school library cannot be left out as the shelves are filled with obsolete books. We are therefore appealing to stakeholders to come to our aid.”

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The Obiri Yeboah Senior High School commenced as an experimental Junior High Secondary School in 1979 with a population of forty four students and staff strength of 12.

The school can now boast of student population of one thousand, three hundred and seventy six. The school has enjoyed public attention in recent times for its impeccable excellence in the area of academic, sports and other co-curricular activities.

Many of its products are occupying key positions in the country, contributing their quota to national development.

More photos from the speech day below:

SHS Speech Day 1

Students of Obiri Yeboa Senior High School   Photo : Kojo Dei

SHS Speech Day 6

Dignitaries at the Speech Day

SHS Speech Day 4

Students of Obiri Yeboa Senior High School   Photo : Kojo Dei


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