By Samira Larbie/ Theophania Dzadza
Accra, July 26, GNA – The Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs. Gifty Twum Ampofo, has appealed to parents to take their children to school no matter how needy they are because education is a prerequisite for redeeming a society from poverty and ignorance.
Consequently, she said, Ghana needed a well-educated human resource in its strides to attain sustainable development.
Mrs Gifty Twum said this at the Fourth Graduation Ceremony of the Association Community Model Basic School at Labone, on Tuesday. The ceremony was held under the theme: ”Our Quest for Educational Excellence; the Role of the community.’
She noted that although virtually everyone was aware of the benefits of education, sadly, a number of children were not getting the opportunity to have access to quality education.
Quality education, she explained, was an investment that needed a lot of sacrifices from stakeholders. ”It is imperative as parents and other stakeholders to do all to ensure that the dividend of investments in education is realised on schedule”.
She said it was critical that when you put your investment in education, you don’t sit back, but monitor to make sure that the yielded dividend was accrued.
‘Provide for your children, send them to school and also keep an oversight responsibility on teachers to make sure that they deliver and also the necessary reward is given to the teachers and the pupils,’ she advised.
Mrs Twum-Ampofo complained about the negative effects of the media, broken homes, and love for money and children abandoning the classroom for illegal mining, saying, they undermined the quest for educational excellence.
Her Ministry, she said, had, therefore, been working tirelessly to eliminate these unhealthy practices from the fabric of the society.
She advised parents not to put their children to work on rivers and in pits at the risk of their lives and education but keep them in the classroom, which was the best place for a child to work.
”This is why the Akufo-Addo led-Government is introducing the free SHS this September to complement the free basic school and ensure that every child in Ghana has access to education,” she stated.
She advised the students not to take this opportunity for granted but to make the best out of it and work hard so that they could lift themselves, their families and their country out of poverty into sustainable development.
She encouraged the teachers to be proud of their unique position as the carvers of the nation’s future and also to be mindful of the responsibility of that position.
”You are key stakeholders in our drive for sustainable development and I urge you to do more of the good work you have started,’ she said.
The Association Community Basic School is a Ghana Education Service model school, which offers classes from kindergarten to the Junior High School level.
According to the school authorities, it is the leading public basic school in the La Dadekotopon Kotopon Municipality as it strives to combine academic education with moral uprightness and a sense of patriotism.