The flag bearer of the PPP, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has indicated his commitment and preparedness to return all mission schools to their founding churches when he is elected as President of Ghana during the December 2012 polls.
According to him, mission based schools basked in high discipline and outstanding academic outputs which are at variance with the poor performance recorded in recent times by especially Senior High Schools after being taken over by the government.
Dr. Nduom made this known when addressing the 12th Annual Congress of Association of Catholic Teacher Trainees at the Notre-dame Senior High School in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region yesterday.
The congress which was on the theme ‘Catholic Education, the Biblical Apostolate; the role of the Association of Catholic Teacher Trainees,’ was well attended by some prominent personalities in both the educational sector and from the clergy such as President of the Ghana Bishop Conference, Most Reverend Joseph Osei Bonsu, and Bishop of Konongo Diocese in the Ashanti Region and the Bishop of the Sunyani Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew Kwesi Gyamfi.
Dr. Nduom maintained that the Catholic Church which is one of the most renowned providers of quality academic and disciplinary excellence across the length and breadth of the country is worth commending and emulating, stressing that it was against this backdrop that he hopes to return institutions to their mother churches to reintroduce its supervisory systems within the schools.
In the opinion of the PPP flag bearer, when this is done, not only would it guarantee academic excellence but help churn out well behaved and disciplined students.
He gave the assurance that his party as part of its educational policy will provide the necessary logistics and measures to ensure that the education is made free, continuous and compulsory.
He tasked teachers to imbibe professionalism and commitment to work proffering that he was dedicated to their welfare.
Dr. Nduom buttressed this statement by explaining that he was brought up by parents who were both teachers and therefore understands the hazards that they (teachers) go through.
Edwumawura as he is popularly known, further charged the teachers to be self-motivated and follow the right procedures in their profession which would enable them to reach out to many pupils as well as instill in them discipline and good leadership qualities.
He lamented that about 1.5 million pupils fail the Basic Education Certificate Exams (BECE) due to improper educational standards, therefore becoming redundant in the society.
Against this backdrop, Dr. Nduom urged the teachers to do their best to offer the needed assistance and guidance that would encourage students to study and pass their examinations.
Touching on corruption and its effects on the country, he underscored that the emergence of corrupt leaders has resulted in Ghana losing over $3 billion every year.
“PPP will put in place a lasting solution to curtail this unpardonable practice that is draining the country of its meager resources,” he promised.
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