President worried over unapproved fees

mahamaPRESIDENT John Dramani Mahama has appealed to heads of second cycle institutions to stop charging unapproved fees which, he said, was exerting unnecessary burden on parents.

He, urged the heads to follow due process in charging fees to avoid being sanctioned.

President Mahama gave the admonition in a speech read on his behalf by Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman, Minister of Education at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Awudome Senior High School (AWUSCO) in the Ho West District of the Volta Region.

It had the theme, “50 years of secondary education in a disciplined environment: the fulcrum for community and national development.”

The President also urged the Education Ministry and the Ghana Education Service to improve their supervision and monitoring operations to check the unapproved fees menace.

He lauded the contribution of all stakeholders, particularly the school heads, traditional leaders, religious bodies and private investors towards the provision of quality education, describing such complementary contribution as critical since the government could not do it alone.

In that regard, he lauded the choice of the theme for the anniversary, saying it signified the need for all stakeholders to work together in improving the country’s education system.

President Mahama also advised children against the misuse of the ICT, saying although ICT provided immense opportunities for the development of the youth, its misuse has dire consequences.

“All of us must understand its uses and threats, and as a result, collaborate to create the enabling environment to help the youth to become as capable of advancing the transformative impetus of the country towards a brighter future,” he said.

He congratulated the school on the celebration of its golden jubilee and commended its managers for sustaining its standards and the performance of the students over the years, and assured them of government’s continued support.

Mr. Rimon Kroti, Headmaster of the school, in his report, indicated that the school continued to record improvements in its academic performance, and thanked the teaching and non-teaching staff for their contribution towards the progress of AWUSCO.

He, however, pointed out that the school requires facilities such as additional dormitories to house the increasing student population, bungalows for staff and the rehabilitation of its science block.

Mr. Nuku Addae, Board Chairman of the school, noted that the objective of the government’s policy on quality and accessible education could not be achieved fully when strategic schools like AWUSCO lacked the requisite infrastructure.

He appealed to the government to redeem its promise to make the school a model one.

From Kafui Gati, Awudome Tsito






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