05.04.2005 Regional News

MOE and GES urged to handover second cycle schools back to missions

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Drobo (B/A), April 5, GNA - The Ministry of Education and Sports and the Ghana Education Service have been urged to team up to team up and hand over the supervision of second cycle schools established by missions back to them to ensure disciplinary control over them. Mr Francis Oti, Principal of Royal Secretarial Academy at Drobo in the Jaman South District of Brong Ahafo, who made the call however, said the government must bear the cost of other extra curricular activities and activities such as payment of salaries to school staff.

He was speaking at the launch of "Operation Conquer NVTI, Ghana 2005", his brainchild aimed at gingering the school to claim the top spot in the National Vocational Training Institute Secretarial examinations this year.

The School took the second position in the 2004 Examinations. Mr Oti noted that the success of the school was largely due to the Baptist Mission's principles and the high sense of discipline of the students and staff.

He cited schools like St. James Seminary and Senior Secondary School in Sunyani, which is headed by a Rector, Presec-Legon, Opoku Ware Secondary School and Wesley Girls High School were schools that had been excelling in various exams and extracurricular activities, because the missions had helped to inculcate strict supervision and discipline among both the students and the staff.

"Unlike the Japanese, who have the attitude of handling state properly with great care, some public schools in the country are handled carelessly", he said.

Mr Oti said students trained in mission schools exhibit good moral values in society that transform others, with some of them becoming priests.

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