The 60th anniversary celebration of Wesley Grammar Senior High School in Accra has been launched.
It has the theme, “Education in contemporary Ghana: Prospects and challenges after 60 years-the Wesley Grammar Story.”
The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, Most Rev. Titus Awotwi Pratt, who launched the anniversary, commended the pioneering students and staff for the their contribution in building a good foundation in the establishment of the school.
Most Rev. Pratt said the church, at the beginning of its missionary activities, adopted teaching in both church and society for effective behavioural transformation, stressing that, education had remained a classical Methodist heritage.
He, therefore, called on government to revisit the former partnership arrangement with the churches in the management of their basic schools.
“The churches should be given the mandate to staff their schools, form curricula and manage the day-to-day affairs of the schools. The making of morally sound individuals starts from this level and only the church can do it better,” he stressed.
Most Rev. Pratt mentioned that prior to independence in 1957, all church related schools, were solely administered by the churches.
“The government met all salaries while the management of the schools remained the preserve of the church. Headteachers and teachers were trained by the church and appointed to our schools with the Ministry of Education giving approval to such appointments,” he added.
He said the current situation where “appointments are now made by the Ghana Education Service (G.E.S) with limited reference to the churches” was wrong, and urged the government to reconsider its decision.
Most Rev. Pratt said Wesley Grammar School had continued to make steady progress over the years in all spheres of educational delivery and urged all old students to pool resources together to help establish an endowment fund for the school.
A legal practitioner, Mr. Bright Akwetey, who chaired the function, urged the current students to study hard, stressing that, they have no excuse not to excel as infrastructure and teaching staff were available now compared to the days when the school started.
Mrs Victoria Agyapong, headmistress of the school appealed to all stakeholders to assist the school and help ensure a successful anniversary next year.
As part of the launch, the anniversary cloth was unveiled.
By Joseph Edu Archison