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05.03.2005 Regional News

Parents undermining efforts to turn out disciplined youth -Okyere

By GNA

Obuasi, March 5, GNA-The attitude of some parents to administer instant justice to teachers in the classroom when they disciplined their wards impinges on efforts by school authorities to turn out future leaders of integrity.

Mr Samuel Kofi Okyere, Obuasi Municipal Director of Education who made this observation, stressed, "in the effort of teachers to instil honesty and moral discipline in children, some parents have and continue to kick against this practice by going to classrooms to administer instant justice to teachers.

Speaking on the theme, "Producing Future Leaders of Integrity" at the first open day of Born Again Ministry Schools at Obuasi on Friday, Mr Okyere said if parents continued to demonstrate such attitude towards teachers, the production of future leaders of integrity would be a mirage.

He said the country's educational system had been designed to equip the youth with knowledge and skills that would enable them to become useful adults.

He regretted that the emerging terrorist activities of some school pupils and students posed a gloomy situation for the future of the country.

Mr Okyere therefore, urged parents and the general public to team up and co-operate with school authorities in the fight against indiscipline in schools.

He said it was when parents did that, that teachers could assist in instilling honesty and moral values in their wards so that they could grow to become leaders of integrity.

The headmaster of the JSS section of the school, Mr Jacob Fred Andoh said the school had for the five years running scored 100 per cent in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). He added that about 70 per cent of the students who obtained good grades were in the various secondary schools.

The Reverend Justice Appiah, the managing proprietor, pointed out that the motive of the Born Again Ministries was to contribute to the production of future intellectuals for the manpower development of the country.

He commended the teachers and the two heads of the school for their dedication and commitment to duty.

Deserving pupils and students from the nursery to the JSS level were presented with books as their prizes.

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