Provision Of Excellent Education Not Sole Responsibility Of Govt. – Dep Dir, BECE

LUTHRUN (1)Mr. Kwesi Asante, Deputy Director in-charge of Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), Accra Metropolitan Assembly has advocated an all inclusive responsibility in the provision of excellent basic education.

He said the provision of excellent basic education should not be seen as the sole responsibility of the central government, rather home, community and other private entities should also contribute their quota.

He added that whereas the central government provides all facilities that go into the school system such as buildings and materials (text books), the home or parents can contribute by ensuring that the child attends school regularly, they provide adequate pocket money to the child and encourage the child to participate in educational programmes.

He made the remarks at the 15th Graduation and 2nd Speech and Prize Giving Day of the St. Paul’s Lutheran School, held in Accra under the theme: “Providing Excellent Basic Education In the 21st Century”.

The ceremony saw pupils from the various classes graduating to upper classes and the awarding of prizes to deserving pupils in all departments.

Mr. Asante disclosed that education today was aimed at the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals which emphasised access, availability and affordability adding; “our educational systems have been reformed several times because of the need to achieve excellence”.

According to him, education should address issues about the environment, sanitation, deforestation and aforestation, hence the need to train the right teachers in order to meet the technological challenges and managing natural resources such as oil and other minerals.
He said that, the provision of excellent basic education is the key to the eradication of poverty and as such must not be subject to any form of vendetta.

Mr. Asante admonished management of schools to motivate teachers so they give off their best, and encouraged teachers to also update their knowledge and skills in service training programmes, workshops and seminars.

Justice Isaac Duose, an Appeal Court Judge and chairman of the occasion, in his address noted that Ghana is rich in resources, and that there was the need to train people to tap the resources in order to make good use of it.

He applauded the management of St. Paul’s for playing an active role in helping train the children and also congratulated the graduants. -  Paul Adjei  

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