Let’s focus on quality related challenges with introduction of Free SHS

The Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) Prof. George K. T. Oduro has asked for a critical look at quality-related challenges students encounter at the secondary school level especially, with the implementation of the Free Senior High School Initiative.

He explained that, ensuring quality education at the secondary school level was a very critical phase in the personality development of students.

He, therefore, reminded parents not to shirk their fundamental parental responsibilities indicating that the 1992 constitution obliges parents to play a vital role toward their children’s growth and development, saying, “the government’s laudable Free SHS initiative does not in any way mean that the provision of quality education ceases to be a shared responsibility”.

“It is sad that some parents see the school as a dumping place. They (especially some fathers) do not show interest in what happens to their children at school,” he said.

Prof. Oduro was speaking at the fifth Speech and Prize-Giving Day of Obiri Yeboah Senior High School at Assin Foso, in the Central Region.

The event was on the theme “Quality Education-the Role of Parents in the Era of Free Education”.

Prof. Oduro indicated that: “The fact that secondary level education provides the transitional bridge between basic education and tertiary education makes quality issues at the senior high school level crucial in our national development,” he said.

He commended the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service for outlining strategies for coping with quality challenges facing the Free SHS implementation.

He however indicated that the impact of such efforts cannot be maximised if parents hide behind the provision of Free Education to shirk their commitments towards their children’s education.

The headmaster, George K. Apotae Addae in an address, mentioned accommodation for students and staff as well as classrooms as the main challenge facing the school.

He appealed to the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) and philanthropists to assist in the completion of abandoned boys and girls dormitory blocks as a six-unit classroom block as well as residential accommodation for the staff.

FROM DAVID O. YARBOI-TETTEH, CAPE COAST

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