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"Provision of classrooms,school uniforms not panacea to achieving quality educa

2011-11-07 20:13:55
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A traditional ruler in the Upper West Region says the provisions of school infrastructure, uniform to school children and increase in the Capital Grant are not enough to ensure improvement in quality education.

Naa Puowele Karbo III, Paramount Chief of the Lawra Traditional Area, explained that even though such interventions were laudable, they must be provided hand-in-hand with improved conditions of service for teachers.

According to him, more teachers must be trained and modern teaching and learning methods should be adopted to help achieve the desire results.

Naa Karbo was addressing teachers, parents and students of the Eremon Senior High Technical School to mark its first speech and prize giving day at Eremon in the Lawra District.

He said the goal of human resource development was to ensure the availability of knowledgeable well-trained and disciplined labour force and the strategy for achieving that was to ensure quality education for the citizenry, through efficient delivery of education and improved quality teaching and learning.

Naa Karbo, who chaired the function, said the issue of declining quality of education had assumed an urgent posture in the daily national development discourse, as that could be confirmed through public outcry about the poor Basic Education Certificate Examination results.

“This underscores the national concern about quality education in the country which government and other stakeholders must endeavour to address, if the nation’s middle income status is to be sustained”, Naa Karbo said.

On the role of traditional authorities in promoting education, Naa Karbo said some chiefs nurtured and took pride in the growth of schools that were established during the 1930s and 1940s to produce the early educated elite for the country.

He however expressed regret that chiefs and opinion leaders nowadays had assumed a passive role in the promotion of education in their areas because they were not adequately being engaged by the education authorities through proper structures and channels.

“The Lawra Traditional Council for example, is not represented on the District Education Oversight Committee of the District Assembly even though it could play a critical role in resolving some of the negative cultural practices that affect quality education in the area”, he noted.

Naa Karbo gave the assurance that the Lawra Traditional Council was poised to partner with the education authorities, the district assembly and other stakeholders to work to reverse the declining standards of education in the area.

“The Council would work to address some of the outmoded traditions and negative attitudes which act counter to the development of the education.

He said practices such as early marriages through betrothal and elopement which negatively affect "Girl-Child" education together with the yearly migration of school children to other parts of the country, would be tackled seriously by the Council.

Naa Karbo called for the adoption of an integrated and holistic approach to stakeholders’ participation in education delivery that would harness the energies and cooperation of all to promote quality of education and improve the human resource base for national development.

The day was on the theme: “Quality education for human resource development - the role of the stakeholder”.


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