Tema Senior High School has celebrated its 54th speech and prize giving day with a call for government to restructure Ghana’s education system to derive maximum benefit from her limited resources.
The Chief Executive Officer of Dalex Financial and Leasing Company Limited, Mr. Kenneth Kwamina Thompson who made the call at the ceremony, said more emphasis needed to be placed on the quality of students the educational system churns out.
Speaking as the guest speaker on the theme, “Educated youth: change agents for national development”, Mr. Thompson explained that the current educational trends with its myriad of challenges such as ill-resourced teachers, overcrowded classrooms and dormitories, unequipped laboratories, outmoded teaching aids and poor nutrition, would not equip the youth with the requisite knowledge and skills to transform the nation and spearhead national development.
He therefore called for increased resourcing of schools and improved conditions for teaching and learning to help in effectively moulding children into responsible future leaders.
Mrs. Elizabeth Ama Asare, headmistress of the school, for her part, noted that it was only through quality education with all the moral values inculcated in the youth that the progress and development of the nation could be achieved.
“Effective and quality education will change the mindset of the youth who are the change agents to help bring about the needed development sought after by government,” she added.
To realise the desired calibre of students the country needed, Mrs. Asare apealled to parents to contribute their quota in paying the fees of their wards to avoid accumulation of fees and its consequent repercussions on the students.
She explained that government had absorbed a larger portion of school fees, under the Progressively Free Education Programme, leaving a small part for parents to pay and therefore urged them to augment government’s effort in that regard.
Master Samuel Baffour Mensah, a science student was adjudged the overall best student in the 2014/2015 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.
From Ken Afedzi, Tema.