A retired Educationist and a Diplomat, Mr. K. B. Asante, has asked stakeholders in education, particularly government, to as a matter of urgency grant primary or basic schools an autonomous status to help maintained or improve educational standards drastically.
Delivering the first in the series of William Ofori Atta Centenary Public Lectures in Accra, Mr. Asante said the move will enable primary schools charge the required fees to advance the cause of education in the country.
“Every Ghanaian child must have access to a holistic basic education since it’s the foundation on which the nation’s human resource progress depends,” he indicated.
The country needs a total revamp of the educational system which also ensures that only graduates are made to teach the pupils at the basic level to enhance the standards of education in Ghana.
The William Ofori Atta Memorial Lectures themed,” Towards a Sustainable Educational System in Ghana”, according to organisers, is necessary because the member of the “Big Six” and onetime Educationist and a Politician “Paa Willie” served the state in an array of capacities.
On Senior High School Education, Mr. Asante emphasised that appropriate boarding facilities should be put in place, adding that “We must transfer all resources at home to the schools especially funds to among others help feed the students”, he maintained.
The retired Diplomat and Educationist also advocated the need for Ghana to have a national development plan to champion the nation’s accelerated development.
“Ghana has no plan, even Nkrumah’s plan did not follow systematically”, he observed.
The Chairman of the William Ofori Atta Public Lectures, and a former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor Stephen Adei, said Primary Education plays a pivotal role in Ghana’s development agenda, saying that with adequate funding and increased public support, the nation’s educational standards will meet national needs and fulfilments at all levels.