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04.04.2009 Education

Study Of Administrative Justice Advocated

By Samuel Opare-Lartey, Osino -
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The Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA) Prof Kenneth Attafuah has proposed the introduction of the study of basic principles and practice of administrative justice into the teacher education curriculum to ensure discipline in schools.

Addressing the 30th anniversary celebration of the Osino Presbyterian Senior High School, on the theme, 'Discipline: the roadmap for future leaders', he explained that many acts of indiscipline in  schools and, generally among the youth, was a reaction against real or perceived acts of administrative injustice by school governing bodies or authorities.

 Prof  Attafuah, who was the guest speaker, urged the students to be disciplined to enable them  to “acquire the capacity to equip themselves to objectively access, information, imbibe what is appropriate, reject what is useless and add to what is useful and to transmit to others and the generation yet to come”.

He advised the school's authorities to ensure that newly elected Students Representative Council executives  undergo formal training in the principles and practice of good governance, administrative justice, human rights and civility in school management before they assume office.

Prof Attafuah appealed to parents to collaborate with school authorities to have a common platform for enforcing some measure of discipline both at school and at home.

The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Samuel Ofosu- Ampofo, the guest of honour, urged the students to avoid all forms of vices such as drugs, hooligalism, occultism, robbery, alcoholism and promiscuous lifestyles to enable them to contribute to nation building.

Mr Ofosu-Ampofo appealed to school authorities to always address the students' concerns “because records have shown that schools that achieve lasting records of student discipline and high performance, are those that show sincere evidence of addressing students' concerns”.

The headmaster, Mr.Kwadwo Acheampong Sakyi, said the school was established in 1978 by the late Major General Osei Boateng, with four teachers and 73 students including 23 girls.

 Currently, the school has a student population of 1,362 and 74 graduate teachers, which places it among the best rural/community second cycle schools in the country.

He commended the school's PTA and the board of directors for their assistance that have contributed significantly in its infrastructural development  through internally generated funds.

He mentioned some of the projects as, construction of a bakery, two dormitory blocks each for the boys and girls, capacity dining hall which accommodates 600 students, purchasing of musical instruments and a 33-seater .

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