President Nana Akufo-Addo has urged headmasters of public schools to ensure that teachers are punctual to help promote academic work.
Similarly, the President has requested headmasters to see that students do not miss classes, undermining the government’s investment in education.
“Principals should check absenteeism of both teachers and students in their schools and also develop innovative strategies to monitor the activities of their various schools.
“As the government plays its part by providing key logistics and infrastructure, I would urge the principals of the schools to monitor the teaching and learning in their various schools,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo was speaking during the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Opoku Oware School (OWASS) in Kumasi, which was attended by several dignitaries, including Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
The theme of the anniversary was: “Seven Decades of Leadership through Self-Discipline.”
According to President Akufo-Addo, teachers should know that they are role models for students and therefore, project excellence in whatever they do for their students to emulate.
He also urged parents and guardians to counsel their children to demonstrate good manners, stressing that child-rearing should be everyone’s collective responsibility.
He stressed, “All of us, teachers and parents, have a role to play in helping dedicated and disciplined students to enable them to become hardworking and patriotic citizens in the future.”
The President emphasized the importance of quality education in nation building and stressed that “no child in Ghana should be deprived of quality education.”
School, he said, is an opportunity for children to make lifelong friends and learn how to better their lives, noting that “it is a place to make friends and learn new things for the future.”
Nana Akufo-Addo said that the country can only progress from its current status of a developing country to a developed country if education is given due attention.
He said that his government’s decision to introduce the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy was primarily to ensure that the human resource of the country is developed.
“Six years after the implementation of the free SHS policy, it has guaranteed a minimum of 1.3 million Ghanaian children, the highest number of such enrollments in our history,” he added.
According to him, the government has realized the importance of the free SHS policy despite the current challenges.
“Yes, there are challenges associated with the policy that the government is addressing. Suffice it to say, there will be many more of them over time, such is the nature of societal evolution that challenges will be faced on the platform,” he said.
The President was also confident that the Budget 2023 would help address the economic challenges in the country, calling for full support from all.
The chairman of the event, Justice Steven Alan Brobe, an alumnus and former Supreme Court Justice, advised the students to be self-disciplined and study harder than ever.
The Principal of OWASS, Reverend Father Stephen Owusu Sekere commended the old students (Akataki) of OWASS for sacrificing their resources to transform the school.