Mr Raymond Akpatsa, a legal practitioner and educationist, has called on School Management Committees (SMCs) and Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) to play effective roles in the delivery of quality education.
This, he said, could be done through assisting and soliciting support from NGOs, education oriented organisations and the churches in terms of resource mobilisation, logistical support to enhance content and teaching methodology among teachers.
Mr Akpatsa was speaking at the graduation ceremony for kindergarten pupils of the Aetherius School at Essipong, in the Western Region.
He said “If we as parents fail to use our influence as members of the PTA and the SMC to contribute towards enriching both the human resource base of the school and ensuring effective teaching and learning process, then it would be ironical of us to expect that our children will receive the best of education.”
Mr Akpatsa added that another imminent danger in such shirking of responsibility would also mean that pupils may not develop their cognitive abilities and creative skills.
He, therefore, encouraged parents to play key roles, especially in the foundation stages of education of their children, adding that “it is in the recognition of this that the new educational reforms seek to allow parents a deeper and broader scope of responsibility and involvement in the administration and management of schools.”
Narrowing down to private schools, he said, the duty of parents to invest in logistics of the school is even bigger and more fundamental since such institutions’ are not assisted by government.
“It is time parents effectively collaborate with school authorities,” he said.
Mr Akpatsa said parents and key stakeholders in education delivery must not sit unconcerned and expect the best from teachers or children.