The headmistress of Graceland International School, Mrs. Stella Dartey has urged parents to prioritise and promptly provide the needs of their children for school.
She said the provision of the needs of the children, including the prompt payment of fees, helps to boost the psyche and morale of the pupils, which culminates in improved academic performance.
The headmistress made the call at the school’s ninth graduation ceremony on Saturday at Bubiashie in Accra.
A total of 78 pupils, made up of 41 Junior High School leavers and 37 kindergarten
and nursery pupils, graduated at the ceremony, which had the theme, “Tolerance, key to nation building,”, .
Mrs. Dartey expressed worry about the situation where, “some parents refuse to pay the fees of their children, and even if they would pay, it is not promptly.”
That, she said, negatively affects the children, especially when they are prevented from attending classes for non-payment of school fees.
According to her, poor upbringing at the basic level has the tendencies to ruin the education of children, which also has an adverse effect on the society.
Mrs. Dartey also charged parents to show their children affection and appreciate their little efforts to spur them on for success.
She also called on other operators of schools to make available all the requisite books needed for the development of the pupil, irrespective of the attitude of the parents.
In addition, she appealed to the government to ensure strict supervision of teachers at all schools to ensure that schools adhere to the right education standards.
At part of the ceremony, there were poetry recitals, choreography and sketches by the pupils to exhibit their inherent qualities.
Some staff and pupils were also presented with awards for their performance and immense contribution to the development of the school.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme and Dinah Twumasi