Mr Mathias Puozaa, NDC-Nadowli East, has expressed appreciation to past and present Governments for readily funding the activities of the Institute of Adult Education and the New Year and Easter Schools, describing them as worthwhile investments.
He has also urged Members of Parliament to attend and sponsor some of their constituents to the 58th Annual New Year School scheduled for January 2 to January 9, 2007.
The theme for the 58th New Year School is: "Ghana at 50: Achievements; Challenges and the Future."
Mr Puozaa was making a statement on the New Year School and the celebrations of Ghana's golden jubilee in Parliament on Thursday.
"Rt Hon. Speaker, an overview of the themes discussed in the past 57 years indicates that the School has kept a tradition of discussing issues and subject matters that are topical and have a bearing on national aspirations," he said.
He said the Institute of Adult Education in fulfilment of part of its mandate as a provider of continuing adult learning, uses the New Year School to provide a platform for dispassionate discussion of matters affecting national development devoid of partisanship.
Mr Puozaa said the annual event is also used to assess public opinion on pertinent issues in order to ensure good governance.
"Rt. Hon. Speaker, it is my humble opinion that since every government should value objective analysis of its policies, the New Year School provides one of the best forums for that kind of information in this country", he said.