Government committed to quality education – Deputy Minister

The Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Mr Ebo Barton Oduro says government is still committed to the provision of quality education to meet the challenges of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

He said it was as a result of this that the government was providing facilities such as classroom blocks, mono desk, dormitory blocks, ICT centres, science laboratories and many other infrastructure as well as organising special training sessions for teachers to upgrade their teaching skills.

Mr Oduro who is also the Member of Parliament for Cape Coast was speaking at the 21st anniversary and 3rd speech and prizing giving day of Oguaa Senior High Technical School (Ostech) at Ekon near Cape Coast.

It was on the theme: “Infrastructural Development a Vital Key to Academic Excellence.”

Mr Oduro said the government, stakeholders and policy makers were concerned about the relationship between school facilities and students learning and achievement drive.

He said failure to create and maintain optimum learning environment could undermine efforts to reform the educational sector.

He said it was vision of the government to use quality education delivery to accelerate the nation’s socio-economic development through expanding access to education at all levels of education

He stressed that for the youth to meet the challenges of the global world it was imperative for them to take their studies seriously, adding that the world economy was knowledge driven and was therefore important for them to acquire the necessary skills in the areas of mathematics, science and technology.

Mrs Ama Benyiwa-Doe Central Regional Minister, in speech a read on her behalf said the government underscores the important role education played in the socio-economic development and would therefore endeavour to give the sector the needed support.

She urged the students to reciprocate government’s efforts by taking their studies seriously and endeavour to eschew vices such as drug abuse, cyber crime and violent acts before during and after the December polls.

Mrs Anastasia Thomford Okyere, Headmistress of the school commended the government and Ghana Education Trust Fund for providing the academic facility with a number of infrastructural projects.

These include the construction of 12 and six unit classroom blocks, two dormitory blocks.

Mrs Okyere said the school had chalked out a lot of successes over the years, which comprised the 100 per cent record in this year’s West African Senior Certificate Examination (WASCE) as against 53 per cent in 2008.

Out of a total 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 was saddled with a lot of problems including the lack of a well-resourced ICT, science laboratory, a modern library, assembly and dining halls, accommodation for teachers and an administration block.

She called on the government and other stakeholders to come to the aid of the school particularly in the building of bungalows for staff since most of them lived far away from the school, thereby making teaching and learning ineffective.

More than 20 students and staff were presented with awards at the function. GNA

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