The Central Regional Minister, Mrs Ama Benyiwa Doe, has said Ghana’s effort to develop its national resources to benefit the citizens would be a mirage if it fails to transform its human resource.
She said the nation owed it a duty to train the youth to have good morals, sound mind and critical thinkers who would be capable of holding the fort in future.
Therefore, the Regional Minister appealed to parents and school authorities not only to think about delivery of quality education but importantly proper upbringing of the children.
Mrs Benyiwa Doe said this in a speech read on her behalf by her Deputy, Mr Aquinas Tawiah Quansah, at the 59th Speech and Prize-giving Day of Apam Senior High School at Apam at the weekend.
She said she deemed the theme for the celebration; “Raising Well Educated and Disciplined Individuals: Legacy of Great Apass” very appropriate because the calibre of graduates that come out of the nation’s institutions had become a matter of concern to well-meaning Ghanaians.
Ms Augusta Akyaa Sarpong, Gomoa West District Director of Education, said the nation had produced many academicians with questionable characters.
“The situations in the country now show that we have made many academic giants but moral dwarfs,” she said.
She said insults and disrespect for authority had become the order of the day, workers not committed to work, people sit down to see national assets go waste and people were not ready to die for the nation.
Ms Sarpong appealed to all, especially parents and teachers, to help to remove these negative traits from the society to enable the nation to move forward.
The Member of Parliament for Gomoa West, Mr Francis Kojo Arthur, said there was positive correlation between high standards of discipline and high academic performance.
“Students who are disciplined tend to perform well academically,” he said and urged students not to relegate discipline to the background.
Nana Obokomatta IX, Chief of Gomoa Dasum and an old student of the school who was the guest speaker, said indiscipline by the educated in the society was growing out of proportion and urged them to ponder over the type of example they were bequeathing to the youth who would be the future leaders.
Nana Obokomatta who is also the Amankorahen of Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Council, advised the students to live by the school’s motto: “Obra Pa Gya Owura Kwan” (Character and Efficiency) in all their endeavours.
Mr Archibold Kobina Fuah, the Headmaster of the School, appealed to the government, Gomoa West District Assembly, Parent/Teacher Association and the Old Students Association to provide the school with an assembly hall as the school now uses the dining hall as an assembly hall.
He also appealed for construction of two additional dormitories to ease congestion.
Nana Obokomatta and Obrifo Ahunako Ahor Ankobea II, Omanhen of Gomoa Akyempim, donated 10 computers and GHc2, 000 to the school. GNA