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13.06.2009 Education

Government to commit resources to make education affordable and accessible

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Accra, June 13, GNA – Nii Armah Ashietey, Greater Accra Regional Minister said on Saturday that government was committed to make education affordable, accessible and relevant to the needs of Ghanaians.

“The NDC government is committed towards investing in people and I can assure you that teachers would be given the needed motivation to enable them to play their defined roles towards the attainment of this goal.”

Nii Ashietey who gave the assurance when he addressed the 83rd speech and prize-giving day of O'Reilly Senior High School (SHS) stated that teacher education and satisfaction was of utmost concern to the government and would therefore initiate policy measures to improve the general conditions of service.

He said government shall address the deficiencies and weaknesses in the education sector in a bold and comprehensive manner to ensure that each constituency had at least one Senior High School.

Nii Ashietey said the country's science resource centres would be revamp in order to train science teachers.

The Minister noted that the present location of the school and the general conditions prevailing for teaching and learning was not the best.

“A school as old as 83 years certainly deserves a better environment for both students and teachers than we see today,” he said.

“I am going to invite the Headmistress and the Regional Director of Education to my office next week and together we will search near and far for a suitable location for this famous school.

“It is my hope that before the end of the first term of the NDC government we shall be cutting the sod for redevelopment of the O'Reilly SHS.”

The Minister, who is also the MP for Klottey Korle, called upon the Parent- Teacher Association, past students and civil society to come on board to make his dream become a reality.

He appealed to the teachers to commit themselves to hard work and use their knowledge and experience to help the students acquire the needed and desirable skills to become good future leaders.

Nii Ashietey called on the students to study very hard to justify the investments their parents and government have put in their education.

He said the practice of occultism and cyber fraud, popularly called “sakawa” among the youth was a worrying trend, which should seriously engage the attention of guardians, teachers and all stakeholders.

“We need to wage a relentless crusade to nib these evil practices in the bud so that we can build a society based on very high moral values.

He urged parents to guide their wards at home and prevent them from indulging in social vices that could ruin their future.


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