The Ghana Education Service (GES) has
identified the usage of English Language as a major problem for
students and has therefore initiated programmes including quiz and
debates to address it.
Mr Joseph Clement Amoah, the Ashanti Regional Deputy Director of
Education said this at the 52nd Independence Day Anniversary
Inter-District Debate held at the weekend in Kumasi.
The debate, which was keenly contested, was on the topic; “That,
the Practice of Occultism in Senior High Schools (SHS) is only a
Perception and not a Reality.”
The Ashanti Regional Education Directorate organised the debate
and 20 Senior High Schools from the region participated in the debate.
Konongo Odumase Senior High School (KOSS), last year’s national
champions who represented the Asante Akim North District again came
first and will represent the Ashanti Region at the Independence Day
Anniversary Inter-Regional Debate Competition for the Northern Sector
to be held in Wa in the Upper West Region this month.
Ntonso Seventh Day Adventist Girls SHS, which represented
Kwabre District placed second while Kwame Nkrumah University of
Science and Technology (KNUST) SHS representing Kumasi
Metropolitan came third. Tepa SHS which represented the Ahafo Ano
North District occupied the fourth position.
Mr Amoah advised the pre-tertiary institutions to organise
regular debates to encourage students to read and conduct research to
gather more information.
He said debates not only improved students’ intellectual skills
and ability to speak in public with confidence but also fostered unity
Mr Amoah observed that education was the bedrock of a
nation’s development and advised all stakeholders to support quality
education delivery in the country.
Mrs Georgina Acquah, GES Ashanti Regional Cultural
Officer, who was the Co-ordinator of the event, commended the
participants for their high spirit, enthusiasm and excellent academic
performance and advised them to sustain it.