Autonomy For Endowed Shss Advocated

Prof Jane  Naana Opoku -Agyemang (12)Joel Edmund Nettey, President of the Advertising Association of Ghana (AAG), has called on government to grant autonomy to well-endowed Senior High Schools (SHS) in the country.

That, he believed, would improve the quality of education at the second-cycle level.

“Let’s not play the ostrich with what is happening to our educational system. To put it simply, it is dying, if not dead,” he bemoaned.

Mr. Nettey was speaking as the guest of honour at the 87th Anniversary Speech and Prize-Giving Day of Achimota School in Accra on Saturday.

It had the theme, “Educating the child the 360 degree way.”

Mr. Nettey believed that granting autonomy to selected schools which had demonstrated the capacity to manage their own affairs would complement the efforts of the Ghana Education Service (GES) for quality education.

“360-degree education is not only critical but non-negotiable,” he stated.

The AAG President, among other things, suggested that the ‘autonomous’ schools be allowed to charge fees that would enable them to offer competitive remuneration to their staff and attract the best teachers, and provide adequate modern infrastructure to ensure that the students get the best tuition.

“This will result in what I call the highest common denominator effect as opposed to the current system that feels like a concerted effort to drop the quality of education in some schools so as to create equity in sub-standard education across the country,” he noted.

Mr. Nettey said education was everyone’s business and “I do hope this could form the beginning of a serious, non-lip service commitment to a nationwide dialogue and subsequent urgent action”.

“To President John Mahama, Minister of Education, Parliament and Ghanaians, let it not be said that it was in our time as leaders of this country that our educational system collapsed,” he stressed.

Beatrice Adom, Headmistress of Achimota School, in her address, announced that the students recorded a 100 per cent pass in the 2013 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.

Mrs. Adom thanked the government, GES, the PTA and alumni groups for their donations to the school, and appealed for more infrastructure in the light of the increasing student population, in order to enhance effective teaching and learning.

The ceremony was attended by about 3,000 people, including old students, parents, teachers and students.

Prizes and certificates were awarded to Forms 1-3 students who excelled in Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Food and Nutrition, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Sports, Christian Religious Studies and General Knowledge in Arts among other subjects.

By Michael Abayateye

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