Government of Ghana has negotiated for a 40 million dollar World Bank support to improve infrastructure in secondary schools in the country. The money will among other things augment government’s effort at sustaining the free Senior High School (SHS) policy without compromising quality.
This was contained in a speech delivered by the Honourable Deputy Central Regional Minister, Thomas Agyei Baffoe, at the 5th Speech and Prize Giving Day of Obiri Yeboah Senior High School at Assin Foso.
Mr. Baffoe said government recognizes the challenges faced by various senior high schools and has put in cogent measures to address them. According to him, the ministry of education is open to contributions from all quarters on the free senior high school policy to ensure its sustainability.
Mr. Baffoe however reminded parents of their role towards their children’s education. He reiterated that government cannot cater for all students without the parents’ support. Parent Teacher Associations, according to the minister, should be one of the best means for parents to dialogue with school administrations to promote the academic welfare of students.
“Government recognizes the contribution of other stakeholders such as the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) to provide quality education in all learning fields. It beholds on parents to use the money which we used for school fees to provide all the essential needs of their wards.
Parents should also endeavour to visit their wards in school and find out their challenges to ascertain their performance. It is sometimes disheartening to hear that, some parents sit unconcerned when their children gain admission to the Senior High School, waiting for the government to supply them essential items they need for school. Such attitude is totally unaccepted and we must all condemn it.”
Mr. Baffoe bemoaned the region’s poor performance in the 2017 WASSSCE exams and charged teachers to put in their maximum effort to redeem the image of the region.
“Central Region did not do well in Mathematics, English and Integrated Science in 2017 WASCEE. This is because less than 50% of the students who sat for the examination obtained A1 to C6 and I wish to challenge all heads to schools to do everything possible to gratify this situation.”
On his part, the acting Vice Chancellor of University of Education, Winneba, Rev. Fr. Professor Anthony Afful Broni appealed to school authorities to welcome suggestions from parents and team up with local authorities including churches, traditional leaders and other community units to improve the quality of education in the country.
Source: ATL FM News