Mr Stephen Kwame Quaye, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Awutu-Senya West, has advised parents to prioritise their children’s education and desist from buying expensive funeral clothes at the expense of that core mandate.
He said it was proper for parents to invest in the education of their children rather than spend on things that would not inure to the future wellbeing of their children.
Mr Quaye gave the advice at the Speech and Prize-Giving Day of the Awutu Beraku AME Zion Basic School at Beraku in the Awutu-Senya West District of the Central Region.
It was on the theme: “Raising Responsible Future Leaders – The Role of Stakeholders.”
The DCE said the only property parents could bequeath their children was education adding; “No family member can take the knowledge the children will acquire through education from them.”
Mr Quaye said the Government, led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, would surely implement the Free Senior High School Policy in the next academic year, beginning September, and asked parents to take advantage of it.
He assured the authorities of the Awutu Beraku AME Zion Basic School of the Assembly’s preparedness to construct a kindergarten block for the school to enhance teaching and learning.
Mr Quaye urged teachers to refrain from absenteeism and lateness to school which affected productivity.
Reverend Dr Sylvester Donkoh, the Central Regional Manager of the AME Zion Educational Unit, said teachers should be held responsible for the poor academic performance of students.
“No child is useless when it comes to academic performance. It is the duty of the teacher to ensure that the child gets the right tuition,” he said, adding that the poor performance of children in the Basic Certificate Education Examination (BECE) should not be put at the door steps of the students.
Rev Dr Donkoh said teachers must explore all avenues to ensure that their students received quality teaching and a better learning environment to pass their examinations.
“Teachers have acquired the requisite skills, knowledge and expertise to teach so why must the students suffer setbacks in learning and passing their examination,” he said.
He suggested that certificates of teachers who did not perform to the satisfaction of the supervisors must be withdrawn as is the practice in some professions.
Mr Alex Ekow Otoo-Arthur, the Acting Head Teacher of the School, appealed to the Awutu-Senya West District Assembly to facilitate the construction of the kindergarten block to enable the school to admit children.
He said the academic performance of the school had improved in addition to its good performance in sports.