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13.10.2008 Education

Education, a corporate enterprise between government and private sector

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Mrs Gladys Amaning, Kumasi Metropolitan Director of Education said education must been seen as a corporate enterprise that required the collective efforts of the government and the private sector to ensure quality delivery.

She said while it was true that the government continued to provide infrastructure, logistics, subsidies and educational accessories to public schools, the private schools were also contributing their quota to the development of education in Ghana single-handedly.

Mrs Amaning said this in a speech read for her at the 11th Speech and Prize-Giving Day and 10th Graduation ceremony of the Joy Standard School at Atonsu in Kumasi on Saturday.

It was under the theme; “The Education Reform in Ghana – The Role of Private Schools”.

She said the government very much appreciated the efforts of private schools in spite of problems involved in its operations.

Mrs Amaning said the private schools had been able to manage these problems and that it was gratifying to note that they had expanded from the creche to the university level.

She commended the management of the school for its academic and moral achievements especially the provision of E-Learning Centre and science laboratories which had enhanced teaching and learning.

Mr Maxwell Kofi Jumah, Member of Parliament for Asokwa, who was the Guest of Honour, said education was the best tool against poverty, diseases and ignorance and therefore called on parents to invest heavily in their children's education to enable them to reap the benefits in future.

Nana Asemsuro Baffour-Awuah, Headmaster of the School said all the 140 candidates presented to the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) this year passed.

He said 67 obtained excellent grades and had gained admission to the well-endowed Senior High Schools (SHS) in the country.

Nana Baffour-Awuah said private schools contributed immensely to the human resource needs of the nation and reiterated the need for them to benefit from government's interventions such as the Capitation Grant, Textbooks and tax relief on educational materials.

He praised the teachers for their commitment to teaching which had made the school one of the best in the metropolis.

Prizes were presented to deserving students and the academic staff.

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