Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, former Head of the Korle-Bu Cardiothoracic Centre, has appealed to Ghanaians to put the national interest ahead of parochial and self-serving political agenda.
They should refuse to allow political differences and divergence of opinion to hold back the country’s development. “We must all accept to always seek common ground and pull together to bring socio-economic progress.”
Prof Frimpong-Boateng was speaking at the 40th anniversary celebration and sixth speech and prize giving day of the Toase Senior High School (SHS) at Toase on Wednesday.“Forty (40) years of quality education - The key to socio-economic development” was the theme of the celebration.
Prof Frimpong-Boateng underlined the importance of education, pointing out that, it was the bedrock of human development. He said it was therefore pertinent for the government to give premium to the education sector and put in place the right policies to give proper direction to the youth.
Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister, commended both past and present managements of the school for their sacrifices and commitment towards the achievement of the noble goals of the founding fathers. The school, he said, had made significant contribution to the nation’s development as its products were found in all sectors including academia, administration and medicine.
Dr Agyemang-Mensah said human resource development was one of the government’s topmost priorities and that it would not relent in its effort at providing schools with the necessary infrastructure, qualified and well motivated teachers and logistics.
Meanwhile, a two-storey boys’ dormitory block had been built for the SHS while work on a block of six classrooms was steadily progressing. Additionally, 1.4 kilometres of its road network was undergoing improvement.
The Regional Minister advised the students to be disciplined and to take their studies seriously. Mr Stephen Annor-Yeboah, the Headmaster, described the academic performance of the school as impressive.
In 2009, out of the 601 candidates presented for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), 526 scored between six and eight passes. For year 2011, the school scored 100 per cent pass, with 529 out of the total of the 538 candidates, scoring between six and eight passes, he added.
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