26.02.2008 Education

Proprietors of private schools urged to engage competent teachers

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Proprietors of private schools have been advised to engage teachers competent enough to handle the new subjects introduced into the school curriculum under the new Educational Reforms.

Mr Wilberforce Owusu-Ansah, District Chief Executive (DCE) for Atwima-Mponua, who gave the advice at Nyinahin at the weekend, said the need for qualified teachers to handle those subjects was crucial to the success of the Reforms since the subjects had been carefully chosen to produce experts who would help build the economy of the country.

The DCE was speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate the Atwima-Mponua District branch of the Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS), an occasion which coincided with the “Private Schools Week” held annually to draw public attention to the indispensable role being played by private schools to boost education in Ghana.

Touching on the theme for the occasion: “Private schools in the New Educational Reforms”, Mr Owusu-Ansah commended private school operators for assisting the government to achieve the desired results in private sector competitiveness, human resource development and good governance.

He urged private school entrepreneurs to collaborate with public schools to ensure that the reforms worked for the growth of the national economy, adding, “There is no gainsaying that your role is critical in the overall agenda of the government to move the nation forward”.

Mr Owusu-Ansah further urged private schools not only to introduce Information Communication Technology (ICT) in their schools but also to make sure children under their tutelage studied the nitty-gritty of ICT to become computer literate.

Mrs Diana Appiah, District Education Director, advised parents to send their children to school rather than engaging them on their farms.

Mr Baffour Gyan, Chairman of the District Chapter of GNAPS, pledged the Association's commitment to improve the standards of education in the District.

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