Free SHS aims at achieving SDG-4-Rev Joyce Aryee

November 23, 2021 By 0 Comments

One of the few multi-talented women in Ghana, Reverend Joyce Rosaline Aryee, has observed that the fee-free second-cycle education in Ghana is aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Four, which is targeted at providing equitable primary education needed to promote sustainable development and lifestyle.

She, therefore, encouraged Ghanaians and all stakeholders to offer constructive criticism and suggestions that will make the policy better.

Dr Joyce Aryee added that the need for constructive criticism and suggestion is necessary to complement government’s efforts in providing quality education, which require substantial investment.

“Sub-Sahara Africa is lagging behind in education on the globe, due to high level of illiteracy. But for us in Ghana, we have free senior high school education, which is benefitting everybody. We need to sustain it with proactive and regular stakeholders’ engagement to make the policy fit for its purpose,” Dr Joyce Aryee said, at the 60th Anniversary celebration of Ada Senior High School (ADASCO), where she was the special Guest of Honour.

Addressing the colourful gathering on the theme: ‘Senior High School education in Ghana; the role of stakeholders in sustaining ADASCO beyond 60′, Dr Joyce Aryee added her voice to the call by a section of the public that parents who have the wherewithal to pay for their wards’ fees at the SHS should be encouraged to do so into a special fund to augment government’s financial support to the schools.

The idea, she said, was laudable as that would relieve the government, which singularly shoulders all the demands of public schools in the country.

“The idea needs critical national discussion because we need an excellent literacy delivery to produce quality students for the development of our nation,” she explained.

She challenged all past students of ADASCO and stakeholders to put all hands on deck and to consider the theme for the occasion and create a fund pool to build their alma mater.

“The old students and stakeholders must own the school for the quality they wish for it. I challenge you (past students and stakeholders) to look beyond complementing government’s efforts in education through proactive stakeholders’ engagements.

“You must be bold to support the initiative of providing excellent literacy with teachers professionally fit for the purpose, to be engaged to shape and prepare the students for their journey of life,” she noted.

The former education minister commended some developmental initiatives the past students had started to make ADASCO one of the most conducive schools in the Greater Accra Region,” and I must say that is the way to go.

“You can bring the change you want and I must encourage you to continue to pool the needed resources to complete these projects.”

She encouraged the current students to emulate the huge contributions the past students are making when they find themselves in a lucrative job after school.

The Ada Senior High School was established in 1961 with 17 students.

Its current enrollment stands at 2,348 with 42 classrooms and 114 teaching staff.

The construction of a six-unit classroom block is yet to be completed to decongest the high ratio of students to a classroom, “and we are still reminding government to remember us,” Kojo Ayibor, the headmaster, told the gathering.

“The school wants to thank the Government of Ghana for delivering a new school bus to us. We are grateful but we ask for dormitories, staff bungalows and more, and we pray the over 43 year groups will continue to support us in our demands,” Mr Ayibor said.