Stakeholders Pivotal In Education Delivery — Joe Abbey

Ms Asimeng-Kore Stakeholders in education have been urged to see themselves as a pivot on which the success or failure of the educational process rest. They are therefore to play their roles effectively in order to enhance quality education and help students to reach their full potential.

The managing director of the Tema Development Corporation (TDC), Mr. Joe Abbey, who made the call said: “Education is everyone’s business and each stakeholder has a role in the decision making process.”

Mr. Abbey was delivering an address at an awards ceremony organised by Chemu Senior High School under the theme: “Enhancing the development and growth of education – the role of stakeholders”.

The school also inaugurated a three-storey flat for its staff.  Mr. Abbey said it was important for stakeholders to have a comprehensive common goal, mission and vision synchronised with government policy to ensure that they dovetail into each other seamlessly.

Stakeholders should also ensure an effective communication system aimed at drawing participants together regarding information on goals and decisions that must be pursued.

He said students were the focal point of stakeholders and, therefore, communication between students and teachers on one hand and other players on the other is very crucial in understanding developments in the classroom.

According to Mr. Abbey effective communication could be achieved by a data driven study which involved having records of test scores, study habits and times, socio-economic backgrounds, and welfare of students as well as performance of both teaching and administrative staff.
He said teachers had a great potential to act as agents of change and key players in creating a more enlightened population adding that “qualified and committed teachers will make a difference between success and failure for many students”.
He entreated teachers to believe in their calling to help the young.

Mr Joe Abbey further called on the business community and professional bodies to collaborate with schools and mentor students in practical field work.

He tasked school authorities to introduce innovative programmes aimed at involving parents in the educational process apart from paying their wards school fees.

He advised students to respect authority and have a sense of civic responsibility and purpose.
Mr. Abbey said the TDC had as part of its social responsibility contributed to the educational needs of its community over the 61 years of its existence.
He gave the assurance that TDC would consider the school with its accommodation challenges in its future redevelopment projects.
The headmistress of the school, Ms. Felicia Asimeng-Kore, said the staff bungalow was started since 1996 during the time of the first female headmistress, Mrs. Lucy Adjavon, who made a passionate appeal to the TDC to help the school acquire one of their houses to accommodate staff who were in dire need of accommodation.

She said, following the appeal, the late Mr. Ebenezer Ayi Bonte, former managing director of TDC, allocated a parcel of land near the Tema Oil Refinery flat at community 7 and designed a three-unit flat, to accommodate 24 staff members.

She noted that due to financial constraints the project solely funded by the Parent Teacher Association took a long time to complete. The project which was estimated at GH¢200,000 at the time, now cost GH¢500,000 to complete.

Ms. Asimeng-Kore appealed to the TDC to allocate some of the affordable housing units at Kpone to the school to assist in its staff accommodation as well as a parcel of land to put up a three-bedroom official residence for the head of the school.

She expressed worry that heads of the school did not enjoy accommodation allowance, and had to commute through heavy vehicular traffic from their homes coupled with high cost of car maintenance.

Ms Asimeng-Kore further appealed to the government and other stakeholders to help the school complete a six-classroom block which was started four years ago, acquire 30 computers and accessories, renovate the school library, upgrade the science laboratory and construct a new infirmary.

She said the school was willing to expand its intake but was faced with accommodation challenge with the sick bay admitting only six students at a time.

Ms. Asimeng-Kore said in order to improve performance of the school which was already becoming one of the notable science institutions in the country, with its students gaining admission to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Ghana Medical School, the school had instituted a free morning classes to improve mathematics, a monthly examination, monthly staff reports and supervision of teachers.

The head prefect of the school, Master Dzormeku Eric, appealed to the government to upgrade the school’s KVIP toilet to water closest.
Awards in various categories were given to 31 deserving students. The current school population stands at 1,198 made up of 678 males and 520 females.

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