The President of the Advertising Association of Ghana (AAG), Mr Joel Nettey, has bemoaned the high rate at which some teachers “cut classes” to undertake courses in various institutions of higher learning.
He has, therefore, called for measures to be put in place to address the situation else its rippling effect would overwhelm the country’s education sector.
Mr Nettey stated that it was good that teachers aspired to attain high levels of education but this should not be at the expense of their primary roles.
Speaking at the 87th Speech and Prize-Giving day of Achimota SHS in Accra, Mr Nettey, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Innova DDB Ghana, an advertising company, said the situation if allowed to persist would affect the quality of labour produced in the country.
Improve standard of education
According to Mr Nettey, one major way to improve the standard of education in the country was for stakeholders, including Ghana Education Service (GES), parents and teachers, to perform their roles and work together to ensure that challenges that continued to confront the sector were minimised.
“Let it not be said that it was in our time as leaders of this country (in whatever form) that our educational system collapsed,” he said.
Mr Nettey observed that Ghana’s education sector had the prospect to become one of the best on the continent if stakeholders would put in their best to institute structures to support the foundation.
He therefore commended the members of staff and management of Achimota SHS for the measures put in place to upgrade the knowledge of students in the school.
Achimota SHS commitment
The Headmistress of Achimota School, Mrs Beatrice Adom, said since the school was established, management had invested heavily in upgrading its infrastructure.
Unfortunately, she said the current student population had outgrown the school’s facilities and therefore the need to invest more in that area was non-negotiable.
Mrs Adom further called on the government, philanthropists and stakeholders in education to help expand facilities.
She appealed to the Ministry of Education and the GES to help the school to provide furniture to create a conducive teaching and learning environment for the 1,000 students admitted recently.
At the ceremony which was held on the theme: "Educating the Child-The 360 Degree Way," students who had excelled in their areas of study were rewarded.
Source: Daily Graphic
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