The newly appointed Greater Accra Regional Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mrs. Felicia Boakye Yiadom, has asked heads of Senior High Schools(SHSs) not only to focus on imparting academic knowledge to students but to instil moral values and life skills in them for them to be more responsible adults in future.
She said imparting relevant knowledge, skills and attitude in students was very critical for their success in the light of the present global challenges.
Speaking during a meeting with members of the Greater Accra Regional Chapter of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools(CHASS) on modalities to improve education delivery in the region, she advised heads of SHSs to cultivate the habit of delegating responsibilities to their subordinates to inject efficiency in the work rather than being “jack of all trades”.
Members of the Conference were encouraged to develop good working relationships with their staff because that was a necessary ingredient for successful leadership. She advised them to be concerned about how teachers prepare lessons, teach and interact with students in the classrooms to enhance their performance.
Making a power point presentation on a number of issues, she told the heads to be mindful of corporal punishment meted out to students, and suggested that they rather resort to alternative and positive discipline.
The mission of the regional education office, she said was to provide leadership for quality education delivery and to make it accessible to all school-going age children within the metropolitan, municipal and district education directorate.
In stating her vision, she said the Greater Accra Regional Education Directorate would lead the nation in preparing children for success in the 21st century by giving them all the skills and knowledge they needed to reach their full potential.
Everybody in the region, from district directors, staff in the offices, teachers, and heads of schools must portray high professionalism and aim for the best in what they do.
“We must encourage team work, sharing of knowledge and seek new ideas that will help to achieve educational goals,” she said.
In line with meeting performance target, she said every school should aim at improving the West African Senior High School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results, especially in Maths, Social Studies, Science and English Language.
The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), she reminded the heads, was a major stakeholder in advancing the cause of the school and critical partners in the management of disciplinary issues.
The regional director touched on the importance of strengthening guidance and counselling in schools to ensure that students enhance their abilities for discovering their talents and potentials and helping them to prepare adequately for the world of work.
In an open forum, concerns were raised about examination malpractices and occultism in schools, and the need to address them.