The Majority Leader in Parliament Mr. Alban Bagbin, has said the main objective of Parliament passing the law converting polytechnics into technical universities is to make science and technology the leading subjects in the training of tertiary students.
“It is to make graduates respond adequately to the needs of industry and also solve societal problems and thereby move from the elite system of education to a holistic one,” he stated at the graduation ceremony of Glory Hills International School near Oyarifa in Accra.
Speaking on the theme, “Eight years of holistic education, the way forward”, Mr. Bagbin noted that succeeding governments had over the years explored avenues that would expand access to basic education, such as introduction of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) to fill the financing gap, the Capitation Grant and the School Feeding Programme among other things.
He therefore, called on teachers to de-emphasise the acquisition of good grades as the sole criteria of moving a student up to the next stage of the educational ladder and rather emphasise on the total development of the individual and thereby offer holistic education.
The Majority Leader commended the management and staff of the school for making great strides in offering holistic education to their pupils.
For his part, the Director of the school, The Rev. Alex Boakye-Yiadom, said the school had made strides over the years in developing the mental, physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual aspect of the pupils.
He stressed that holistic education was a philosophy which assisted learners to find identity, meaning and purpose in life in relation to the community, nature and humanitarian values such as compassion, adding that holistic education goes beyond seeking future monetary gain and good social status, to gaining a more purposeful and meaningful life.”
The chairman of the occasion, Mr. Fred Annang, thanked the management and staff of the school for their relentless efforts at proving holistic education, as well as putting up an ultra-modern library to help the children develop the habit of reading.