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27.09.2004 Education

White paper on c'ttee on educational structures soon

By GNA

Accra, Sept 27, GNA - Government would soon come out with a white paper on the committee formed to examine the country's educational structures. Mr Michael Nsowah, Acting Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), who announced this at the weekend, said periodic assessment of educational structures would assist in solving the country's educational problems.

He was speaking at the twenty-fifth anniversary and speech and prize-giving day celebration of the St Bernadette Soubirous School, under the theme, "Quality Child Education: the key to National Development" at Dansoman in Accra.

Mr Nsowah said government alone could not improve education and appealed to individuals and organisations to contribute to the development of the sector.

He expressed concern about the spate of indiscipline, drug abuse and reported cases of occultism in some educational institutions in the country.

Mr Nsowah said he had authorised the dismissal of at least 200 students for misconduct and asked parents to collaborate with school authorities in ensuring discipline in schools.

He commended the Mission Schools for ensuring academic excellence and strict adherence to discipline.

The Headmistress, Mrs Mary Cato, extolled the Catholic Church, founding fathers, and the Parent Teacher Association for working assiduously to raise the image of the school.

She appealed to parents to pay regular visits to their children at school to enable them to monitor their behaviour and assess their performance.

Mrs Cato said: "As I speak now, I have more than 500 terminal reports which have not been collected by parents." Mr Willie Amarfio, a Legal Practitioner, who chaired the function, urged religious bodies to intensify their efforts at promoting education.

The school's 25th anniversary magazine was launched and deserving pupils received prizes, with Nana Afua Asabere adjudged the best pupil.

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