Mrs Elizabeth Amoah-Tetteh, Deputy Minister of Education, has noted that the quality of human resources produced by any country would eventually determine the rate of its socio-economic development.
For an accelerated development therefore, a country needs to invest heavily in its human resource to drive the engine of growth and this could be achieved by solidly laying the foundations of the education sector with stakeholders playing complementary roles.
Mrs Amoah-Tetteh made the observation during the 30th Anniversary of Twifo Praso Senior High School, on the theme: “Quality education for accelerated socio-economic development.”
The anniversary which coincided with the annual speech and prize giving day of the school, attracted people of all walks of life including Mrs Ama Benyiwa- Doe, Central Regional Minister, and Mr Joseph Foster Andoh, Twifo- Heman-Lower-Denkyira District Chief Executive.
Mrs Amoah Tetteh who is also the Member of Parliament for Twifo Ati Morkwa, said quality education involves the process of training the individual to develop a sound intellectual mind and good moral behaviour to ensure self discipline and acquisition of a vocation.
She said “it is the instilling and acquisition of such skills which enable the individual and for that matter the citizenry to put in the necessary effort in the future for the realisation of rapid socio-economic development”.
The Minister said the increasing juvenile delinquency cases was as a result of poor parental care, hence the need for parents to partner teachers to instil discipline in their children.
She condemned parents who attack teachers for punishing their wards.
“This attitude of some parents is a great disincentive to the delivery of quality education for socio-economic development of our dear nation.”
Mrs Tetteh appealed to stakeholders like the school committees, board members, Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) and old students associations to complement government efforts by offering the necessary assistance to their schools to facilitate teaching and learning.
Parents, she said, should visit their children regularly to ascertain whether they are in school and ensure that they take their studies seriously and conform to school rules and regulations
She said plans are afoot to upgrade all the 38 colleges of education to tertiary status to improve the quality of education.
As part of the celebration three,( six unit classroom) blocks were handed over to the school whilst work on a two- storey dormitory blocks for boys and girls is on course.
Mrs Benyiwa Doe commended the PTA of the school for providing infrastructure to complement the efforts of the government and appealed to the students to take their lessons seriously and refrain from the abuse of drugs.
She assured the school that government will take care of their needs in due course.
The Headmistress Mrs Monica Eghan Fuga in her annual report said last year the school had 98 per cent in the West African School Certificate Examination, which was an improvement over the last five years results. GNA