General News of Saturday, 20 August 2016
Vice-President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has asked teachers to educate their students on the relevance of peace in national development to reduce the possibility of violence among the youth, as the country prepares for the general election.
He indicated that the youth as future leaders must be made to appreciate the importance of peace to the advancement of the nation in order for them to uphold and protect the peace the nation is currently enjoying.
Mr Amissah-Arthur was speaking at a ceremony to close the 15th National Cadet Corps leadership training camp at Asuansi in the Central Region last Friday.
A total of 500 cadets attended the one-week camp.
They were taken through leadership skills, community support, values of respect, loyalty, discipline and resilience through fun and challenging military-related activities.
The Vice-President said the camp was timely, considering the fact that tension was rife due to the upcoming general election.
He said he was optimistic that the cadets would use the training acquired to help calm nerves and help people to adopt the right behaviours during the elections.
He said this year’s election must not be seen as a do-or-die affair but an opportunity to progress in our efforts at building the nation into a more prosperous one.
“The peace of this nation is necessary for progress and must not be disrupted,” he stated.
He charged the youth to carry the message of peace to the communities.
The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Dr Jacob Kor, in a brief analysis of the percentage passes of the core subjects, said this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results were an improvement over last year’s.
He said instead of politicising the results and creating the impression that students had performed poorly, parents, teachers and students must be commended for the efforts which contributed to the feat chalked up.
Dr Kor, who is also the Board Chairman of the National Cadets Corps, said the cadet corps was started 62 years ago at the Ghana Secondary Technical School in Takoradi to help encourage young men to join the military.
He noted that the cadet corps was now the biggest reliable youth group with a membership of 56,380.