Mr Ebo Barton Oduro, Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, on Saturday said Government was committed to providing quality education in the country, to meet the challenges of the Millennium Development Goals.
He said Government was providing facilities such as classroom blocks, furniture, dormitory blocks, staff bungalows, lecture theaters, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centres, science laboratories, and organising special training for teachers, to upgrade their skills.
Mr Oduro who is also Member of Parliament for Cape Coast, said these at the 21st anniversary and 3rd speech and prizing giving day of the Oguaa Senior High Technical School at Ekon near Cape Coast, on the theme: “Infrastructural Development a Vital Key to Academic Excellence”.
He said Government, stakeholders and policy makers were concerned about the relationship between school facilities and students’ learning and achievement to promote health, security, and psychological issues, and said failure to create and maintain optimum learning environment could undermine efforts to reform education in the country.
Mr Oduro said Government ensure quality education towards the acceleration of national development, through the expansion of access to education at all levels, raising quality of teaching and learning, making education more relevant to national goals and aspiration as well as making tertiary education more cost effective
He asked the youth to take their studies seriously to enable them to meet the challenges of the global world, and stressed that the world economy was knowledge driven and it was important for young people to acquire skills in Mathematics, Science and Technology.
Mrs Ama Benyiwa-Doe, Central Regional Minister, in speech a read on her behalf, said Government underscored the important role education played in the socio-economic development of the country and would endeavour to give the sector the needed support.
She asked students to reciprocate Government’s efforts by taking their studies seriously and eschew drug abuse, cyber crime, and violent acts during and the December polls.
Mrs Anastasia Thomford Okyere, headmistress of the school, commended Government and GETFUND for providing the educational institution with infrastructural projects, including the construction of classroom blocks, two dormitory blocks and said in the more than 17 years existence of the school, it has not seen such massive infrastructural development.
Mrs Okyere said the school had chalked out successes over the years and cited that it recorded 100 per cent pass in last year’s West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE)_ as against 53 per cent in 2008.
She said that out of 209 students who registered for the WASCE, 105 passed in eight subjects, with the overall best candidate scoring aggregate 11.
Mrs Okyere said the school lacked a well-resourced ICT, science laboratory, library, assembly and dining halls, accommodation for teachers and administration block .
She called on Government and other stakeholders to come to the aid of the school to enhance teaching and learning.
About 20 deserving students and staff were presented with awards. GNA