From Samuel Agbewode, Abor
The Minister of Education, Mr. Alex Tettey-Enyo, has observed that for any good thing to come out of the educational review there was the need for self-direction and social responsibility, which are relevant to development in the 21st Century.
Mr. Tettey-Enyo said skills ought to be effectively employed, especially, in the areas of locating appropriate resources, and transferring learning from one domain to another to ensure that the educational system reflects positively on the development needs of society.
The Education Minster made the observation in a speech read for him at the 45th Anniversary of the Abor Senior High School (SHS) in the Keta Municipality, by the Director of Basic Education, Madam Beatrice Afua Oduro. It was themed: “Forty-five years of academic Existence – The Achievements, Challenges and Prospects.”
According to Mr. Tettey-Enyo, to ensure that education impacted positively on the larger society, all stakeholders, including parents, teachers and the community, must come together to produce students with good leadership skills that would enable them become responsible adults in future.
He noted that value systems had shifted, impacting negatively on the attitudes of parents and students, as well as teachers, which he said, had largely affected the quality of education in general.
Mr. Tettey-Enyo said discipline transcends the boundaries of the school, and that instilling of discipline in students required the combined efforts of parents, the community, and the school. “As parents, we need to advice our students on the purpose for which they are in school, and also provide support services in follow-ups on visits on the conduct and performance of students while they are in school. We should also provide the needed logistics that would make the students comfortable in their stay and study,” he advised.
The Keta Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Sylvester Tonyeava, said the government was putting in place the necessary measures to improve on the infrastructure of schools in the area, to help promote good education, and that the Abor SHS would not be left out.
Mr. Tonyeava commended the school authorities for the efforts that made it possible for the school to be recognised in the area as one of the best performing schools.
The Keta MCE assured the school and the community of the Assembly’s continued efforts to promote education in the Municipality, and urged the people in the area to support the Assembly in its 2010 to 2014 development programmes.
The Headmaster of Abor Senior High School, Mr. M.K. Fiamordzi, said the school had over the years improved on its academic performance, as well as extra curricular activities such as sports, which had created a positive image for it.
Mr. Fiamordzi observed that the Abor SHS, which could boast of a student population of 1,440, had seen little development, in terms of infrastructure, to correspond with the increasing number of students.
The Abor Headmaster disclosed that the school was without a vehicle, and that the only one it had, which could take only ten persons, had broken down.
Mr. Fiamordzi therefore, appealed to the government to, as a matter of urgency, provide the school with vehicles, an assembly hall, boys and girls dormitories, and computer laboratory, to help address the administrative challenges confronting the school.
Students who distinguished themselves were awarded, as well as the founding fathers and individuals who had contributed meaningfully towards the development of the school.