Educationist pleads with gov’t to allow PTAs to champion development of schools

Mr. Kwabena Osei Barnieh, Chairman of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of Nkawie Secondary Technical School, has urged the government to, as a matter of urgency, allow the Associations in the various Senior High Schools (SHSs) nationwide to complement its efforts at development in schools.

The mandate would enable PTAs to contribute effectively to the development and welfare of the schools and students as their quota.

According to him, parents contributed levies in the past to initiate infrastructural projects in the various schools, which initiative helped in administration and the students’ welfare.

The retired Educationist noted that the practice halted with the introduction of the Free Senior High School policy on assumption of the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led government, with the false pretext that the initiative would provide everything under education.

Mr. Barnieh noted that with the freeze on the development agenda of PTAs, schools were facing various challenges in terms of both students’ welfare and administration.

He entreated the government and policy makers in the education sector to re-examine the education policy in considering the functions and contributions of parents, and allow them to continue to developmental projects, as most of them (parents) were willing to support in this regard.

The PTA Chairman commended the government for the Free SHS policy, but indicated that most of the schools lacked infrastructural facilities, for which the PTAs must be empowered to support the completion of abandoned or uncompleted projects.

Mr. Osei Barnieh expressed his profound gratitude to the Old Students Association, which always supported the school with teaching and learning materials and other logistics to improve teaching and administrative work.

He also appealed to the citizens of Nkawie resident in Ghana and abroad to come and support the school, as it lacked many infrastructure facilities to meet the current high population.


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