Kenyasi No.1 Traditional Council fights falling standard of education
From Michael Boateng
As a measure to achieve that aim, the Traditional Council has instituted various measures, including the establishment of computer learning centers in all the Junior High Schools within the Kenyasi No.1 Township.
Again, to increase accessibility, a new modern Junior High School (JHS) called Osei Kofi Abiri has been inaugurated, which is well-furnished with modern teaching and learning equipment, with ICT and French language being compulsory subjects.
At the inauguration of the Osei Tutu Abiri JHS, the Paramount Chief of Kenyasi No.1, Nana Osei Kofi Abiri, bemoaned the falling standard of education at Kenyasi No.1, saying, “Education at Kenyasi No.1 is falling at a faster rate, which needs urgent attention.”
He said the recent Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results was nothing to write home about, disclosing that the Kenyasi No.1 School was among the schools that performed abysmally in the BECE, hence the formation of the Osei Kofi Abiri Junior High School.
According to Nana Osei Kofi Abiri, the Traditional Council, in collaboration with the School Management Committee and the Ghana Education Service, would see how best to resource the school for it to become one of the best within Brong-Ahafo and Ghana as a whole.
He gave the assurance of the Traditional Council’s readiness to assist pupils who are brilliant but needy with scholarships, urging the teachers to put up their best to the let the school live up to the desired expectation.
Nana Osei Kofi Abiri re-echoed that education was the key to the development of any community, of which Kenyasi No.1 was no exception, hence the need for the Traditional Council to wake up in building the capacity of its future leaders, by establishing the school which is proposed to be extended to the vocational and technical level.
The Paramount Chief of Kenyasi No.1 indicated that most youth in the area had been demonstrating against the chiefs and elders for not assisting them gain employment at Newmont Ghana Gold, however, it was because most of the youth lacked the require qualifications or expertise needed to be employed by the mining company.
He said the establishment of the Vocational/Technical School would equip the youth with the necessary technical expertise to have access to employment at Newmont Ghana Gold, to reduce the unemployment rate in the area, as well as curb the frequent agitations and demonstrations against the Traditional Council and the company for being denied access to employment.
Nana Osei Kofi Abiri called on the people of Kenyasi to whole-heartedly support the initiative to make it a success, to the advancement of the traditional area.
The Asutifi District Director of Education, Mr. Joseph Badu, recommended the Kenyasi Traditional Council for the initiative tin building a formidable foundation for the children to be highly competitive in the modern economic world, through technical training.
Mr. Badu urged both teachers and pupils to eschew laziness and truancy to make the investment by the Traditional Council fruitful, and an advantage to the community and the nation in totality.
The Chairman of the School Development Committee, Nana Kwame Yeboah, urged parents to support the teachers and children, as well as encourage the Board of Governors of the school to instill discipline for effective teaching and learning to achieve the objectives of the school.
He disclosed that about GH₵50,000 had so far been invested in the school project, which includes works on tiling the floor, burglar proofing, air-conditioners, free school uniforms, free exercise and note books, and teachers rent advance support among other teaching and learning materials.
According to Nana Kwame Yeboah, to ensure discipline and hard work to achieve results, laziness and truancy on the part of both teachers and pupils would not be tolerated in the school, and that parents must also assist their wards and teachers to make teaching and learning more attractive.
The school had an initial population of 30 pupils, with 14 boys and 16 girls, who were selected after a special examination was conducted for them.
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