Vice President, Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah- Arthur has asked parents not to shirk their responsibilities towards their children’s education because government has introduced interventions to support the education sector.
He said the interventions such as free education, School Feeding programme and distribution of free uniforms, shoes and books were to support parents and there was therefore no excuse for them not to assist their children in school.
The Vice President was speaking at the 65th anniversary celebration of his alma mater, the Methodist’ B’ Primary School in Cape Coast on Friday.
He said. “Do not withdraw your obligations. Government is only supporting. Parents should take their children’s education seriously. These children are the future leaders, if you don’t help them they cannot realise their dreams.”
Vice President Amissah- Arthur said the world had become more competitive and if the children were not supported to study harder, they could not compete with their counterparts from other countries.
He said education, was the only source of social mobility, and urged parents to strive to support their children through any means possible to excel and exceed their level of achievement.
He recounted times past during which community members could discipline school children when they went wrong, irrespective of their relation to them, and indicated that community involvement could help development of schools.
Central Regional Minister, Mr. George Kweku Ricketts- Hagan, also a former pupil of the school appealed to parents and other stakeholders to support teachers and government to improve education.
Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, the Paramount Chief of Oguaa Traditional Area expressed concern over the falling standards of education in the region, which he said had reduced the number of students from the metropolis being enrolled into the renowned senior high schools in the region.
He urged parents to show more interest in their children’s education, and asked schoolchildren to be inspired by the achievement of the vice president to attain success.
The Metropolitan Director of Education, Mr. Stephen Amoah, urged stakeholders to support education.
The headmistress of the school, Ms. Rebecca Yeboah said the school had serious landscape challenges, natural creation of life threatening gullies coupled with lack of recreational centres, playground for kindergarten, and well-resourced library and ICT centre.
She appealed to government and other stakeholders to support the school and stressed the need for massive enrolment drive through improvement of infrastructure, organised Parent Teacher Association.
Ms Yeboah said “we cannot ensure equal opportunity to education for national development as long as we have a myriad of issues militating against the hub that turns out these products.”
The Vice President donated assorted books and computers to the school while outstanding teachers and pupils were presented with prizes and citations.
From Jonathan Donkor, Cape Coast