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18.07.2005 Education

Parents urged to invest in their children's education


Akosombo, July 18, GNA- Parents have been urged to invest in their children's education to enable them to acquire knowledge and skills required for national reconstruction.

Mrs Juliana Ayeh-Gyampoh, Asuogyaman District Director of Education, who gave the advised, warned parents not to sacrifice their children's education on the "altar of poverty".

She was speaking at the annual speech and prize-giving day of the Akosombo VRA Junior Secondary School (JSS) number one, at the weekend. Mrs Ayeh-Gyampoh asked parents to consider their children as assets and ensure their proper training and development. Mrs Ayeh-Gyampoh also asked parents to take advantage of government's prudent educational policies and educate their children, and expressed regret that some of them were being engaged in economic activities instead of going to school.

She noted that a well-developed human resource base formed the foundation for the development of any country. Mrs Ayeh-Gyampoh, therefore, asked individuals and organizations to support the government to develop science and technology. Mr Francis K. Darkey, Headmaster, said the school retained its fourth position out of 31 institutions in the district that took part in last year's Basic Education Certificate Examination. He also said two teachers from the school had been nominated for this year's best teachers award in the district. Mr Darkey appealed to teachers, parents and stakeholders not to impose subjects and careers on children but to allow them to choose areas in which they could do better.

He charged parents and guardians to join Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) to enable them to effectively contribute to the development of schools. Miss Millicent G. Bruce, Head Technical/Vocational Unit of the school, led parents and invited guest round an art and craft exhibition mounted by the pupils.

The Member of Parliament for the area, Mr Kofi Osei-Anoryaw presented textbooks to the school.

He urged the pupils to study hard so that they could pass their examinations to justify the huge investments being made by their parents and government in their education.