Parents must play role in children’s education

Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa,D-G,GES

Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa,D-G,GES

Parents must not misconstrue the implementation of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy by government to mean they do not have to play any role in their children’s education.

They must therefore, not shirk their parental responsibilities after the roll-out of the free SHS policy, Most Reverend Mathew Kwasi Gyamfi, the Catholic Bishop of Sunyani, has advised.

“The government is doing all that it could by introducing the Free SHS policy as well as other interventions to facilitate teaching and learning but that is not to say that parents do not have any role to play anymore. They have a lot to do to ensure the holistic training and upbringing of our children,” he explained.

Most Rev. Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, was addressing a durbar to climax activities marking the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Sacred Heart Senior High School at Nsoatre, near Sunyani, held under the theme “Sacred Heart SHS @ 40: Experiences and the way forward.”

SAHESS, as the school is popularly known, began with 21 students (12 boys and 8 girls) on October 11, 1977, with just three teachers; but can now boast of 1,042 students under the supervision of 52 teachers.

The Headmistress of the school, Rev. Sister Benedicta Uzokwe, paid glowing tribute to the late Nana Kwasi Hinneh who was the Omanhene of Nsoatre for releasing land for the establishment of the school and the late James Kwadwo Owusu, during whose tenure as the first Catholic Bishop of Sunyani conceived the idea of setting up the school.

She was equally grateful to the first Headmistress of SAHESS, Rev. Sister Mary Perpetua Osei-Wusu “who was then a lecturer at the University of Nigeria but was asked to return home to take up this assignment of starting a new girls’ school.

Rev. Sister Uzokwe said the school had over the last four decades been committed to the holistic education and had played a major role in the provision of quality education for people from different economic levels of society, especially those from the underprivileged homes.

“The school takes BECE candidates with low grades and by the time of completion, they are able to improve to an appreciable level with most of them recording grades ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘Cs’,” she added.

The Headmistress thanked government for the provision of an assembly hall, science laboratory, dormitory blocks, dining hall and other facilities, and appealed to old students; corporate institutions and other stakeholders to help with more assistance to enable the school realise its core objectives.

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, who was the special guest of honour, encouraged the students to take their studies seriously in order to excel in their academic pursuit and further urged the teachers to be hardworking, committed and render dedicated service at all times.

Deserving teachers and students were honoured as part of the programme.  Jacqueline Asabea who was adjudged the over-all Best Student received GH¢5,000 while Francis Amaning received GH¢3,000 for emerging as the Best Science Student.

BY DANIEL DZIRASAH, NSOATR

 

 

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