The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Tain in the Bono Region, Madam Charity Akua Foriwaa Dwommoh, has urged parents and guardians to invest in the education of their children, particularly the girl child,
She recalled that the girl child was in the past sacrificed for the male child to continue education in the event of an economically induced decision, and added that the trend must change.
Madam Foriwaa Dwommoh reminded parents that quality education is the only worthy legacy they could give to their children, and urged them to invest their resources in their children’s education, since they a play major role in the education of their wards.
The DCE made call when she addressed the Speech and Prize Giving Day ceremony of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Girls Senior High School at Techiman, under the theme; “Investing in the Education of the Girl Child, The Role of Stakeholders.”
Madam Foriwaa Dwommoh expressed concern about the attitude of some parents who shirk their responsibilities towards the upbringing of their wards, which has led to increased indiscipline among some of the school children, and called for a strong Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) to put parents on their toes to live up to their responsibilities.Pix: Madam Charity Foriwaa Dwommoh, Tain DCE, addressing the gathering
According to her, the government recognises quality education as a fundamental and universal right for all citizens of the country, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic, and has placed priority on education, in terms of budgetary allocation and social interventions.
She noted that the government, in fulfilment of this requirement, has rolled out the Free Senior High School and School Feeding programmes at both the Primary and Senior High School levels, supply of sufficient school desks, text books and other teaching and learning materials, coupled with the provision of physical infrastructure such as classrooms, dining halls, dormitories, as well as the training, employment and remuneration of teachers.
“In view of this, cost in education should no longer be a barrier to any child of school going age, particularly the girl child,” she said.
The Headmistress of the school, Sister Christiana Chika Ifeabunike, said the school was committed to offering excellent education with sound moral values to young ladies, with the view to ensuring effective girl-child education and empowering them with the needed skills for the future.
According to her, despite the school’s commitment of providing excellent education, lack of a science laboratory, administration block, library, teachers’ accommodation, and ICT center was a hindrance to teaching and learning.
She, therefore, appealed to the authorities to help provide the school with such infrastructure to improve teaching and learning, and to also facilitate the completion of the administration block and the dining hall to ease congestion when the students are taking their meals.