Private Schools Urged To Provide Quality Education

Ms Helen Adjoa NtosoMs. Helen Adwoa Ntoso, the Eastern Regional Minister, has appealed to proprietors of private schools to ensure that the services they render to the society is of quality standards.

“You have to provide essential teaching and learningmaterials, provide adequate and modern facilities like classrooms, dormitories and Information Communication Centres,” she said.  

Ms. Ntoso said this in a speech read on her behalf at the 25th graduation of Liberty Vocational and Senior High School in Koforidua.
The ceremony was under the theme: “Promoting education: Private Sector as a factor”. She also advised that the programmes they pursue must be directed at helping to provide entrepreneurial skills for the teeming unemployed youth.

Ms Ntoso said the theme for the event was appropriate as “we have all come to the realisation that the provision of quality education cannot be delivered by government alone, but the involvement of the private sector.”
She said the provision of education is no more the monopoly of government but a shared responsibility.

Ms Ntoso said it is the inalienable right of every child and young person to have access to quality education, not only to be able to earn a living but also due to the fact that only a nation of educated, skilled, well informed and morally sound people can build a just and prosperous society.

“It is in this direction that government is making efforts to improve pre-school education, basic education, second cycle education, technical and vocational education and tertiary education”.

Mr Kofi Adade Debrah, Eastern Programme Unit Manager of Plan Ghana, who was the guest of honour, said the theme was quite timely within the current population growth trends and for children and the youth seeking education.
He said the Ghana Statistical Service 2011 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey puts the secondary school attendance in Ghana at 41.6 per cent with the Eastern Region at 39.5 per cent.

Mr Debrah said Plan Ghana would continue to partner the school in the area of providing scholarships to the students and the promotion of international cultural cooperation with other countries to promote exchange programs between the school and others around the world.

“We will continue to explore other opportunities for the benefit of the school and its students,” he said.  Reverend Mrs Edna Ametameh, Managing Director of the Institute, in her welcoming address, said the school which started with only two students in 1987 now has a student population of over 400. She said the institution has trained and supported over 3,000 graduates including teenage mothers, orphans and students who were not given places in the various Senior High Schools.

“Most of these graduates are working in many hotels, canteens, restaurants, the armed forces, and hospitals”.  GNA Rev. Mrs Ametameh appealed to the government, educational stakeholders to assist the school to expand its dining hall.

She expressed her gratitude to the Ghana-Korea-German Church Mission for donating 10 computers to the school and for Plan Ghana “for putting smile into the face of some needy students through its scholarship programme”.

In all 108 students graduated from the various courses including Catering Intermediate and Advance, Accommodation Operation and Services, Food and Beverage Services, Fashion and Designing. – GNA

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