The Chief Justice, her ladyship Justice Sophia Akuffo has expressed need for a broader consultation between government, parents and education experts on the Free SHS policy to ensure its survival and sustenance.
According to her, this will require not only dialogue, but sacrifices and commitment on the parts of parents and guardians by stepping up and meeting shared challenges in a quest for excellent outcomes. She indicated it is important to make available facilities, programmes and projects that are beyond the standard curriculum of the Ghana Education Service.
Her Ladyship Justice Sophia Akuffo made the call in an address delivered at the 181st Speech and Prize Giving Day of Wesley Girls Senior High School in Cape Coast last Saturday.
Justice Akuffo noted that, just as parents have their roles, the state also has a duty , not only to secure and manage the requisite resources, but must also ensure that there is clarity and credibility in the policy making process to guide stakeholders in a top to down approach in formulation of implementation planning.
“It is imperative to engage with school managers in frank and open dialogue of ensuring overall success of the policy. Teachers and administrators on their path have to give whole hearted support as vital partners. The challenge of increasing access to senior high school education while maintaining and even improving standards requires very nibble thinking and constant innovation. Sacrifices are being made to make this quality education”, she said.
Her Ladyship Justice Sophia Akuffo
The chief Justice charged students of the school to be guided by the impeccable academic achievement of Wesley Girls, and continue to work hard to maintain the standards already set.
“Quality students are being admitted to Wesley Senior High whether free or not. Free is only the topping but the cake and the prerequisite for attaining it which include serious studying, competition for place, examinations and other serious entry requirements which have existed for many decades have been maintained in order to ensure the high quality that we of Wesley: old, current and to be are so proud of. For many years, anyone associated with the school particularly, current and old girls have been required to make and maintain a commitment to its continuous improvement”.
In her report, the Headmistress of the school, Mrs. Kay Aku Oppong Ankomah thanked old girls of the school for their unflinching support and appealed to government to assist in the completion of stalled projects in the school.
Mrs. Kay Aku Oppong Ankomah
“An assembly hall started in the year 2008 is only sixty percent complete. It is our urgent plea that it will soon be completed within the shortest possible time to end the torture of students standing throughout every morning devotion."
"A science block, though structurally completed last year, still is not in use due to its tailfins and fitness such as tapes, working benches, sinks, gas pipes and more. Also, a twelve unit classroom block commissioned in 2011 has been abandoned due to some structural deffects. We are very grateful indeed to government for what it has already done but we are making a passionate appeal to complete these projects within the shortest possible time to ease the pressure on our existing facilities”.
See more photos from the Speech and Prize Giving Day below:
A section of members of the Traditional council
A section of Old Girls at the Speech Day
Source: Kojo Dei / ATL FM NEWS