Osei Kyeretwie, GNA
Sunyani, Sept. 9, GNA – Mr Alexander Kyeremeh,
a Deputy Minister of Education responsible for Pre-Tertiary, has assured senior
high schools (SHSs) that they would soon receive their subsidies for the third
term of the 2015/2016 academic year.
Mr Kyeremeh gave the assurance in Sunyani when
he addressed the opening of the 54th annual meeting of the Conference of Heads
of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) on the theme: “Discipline at Senior High
School Level – A Pre-Requisite for Quality Education.”
He said: “The Ministry of Education (MoE) is
in talks with the Ministry of Finance to treat subsidies as part of item one
(Item 1) so that we avoid the undue delays”.
Mr Kyeremeh, who is also the Member of Parliament
(MP) for Techiman North, therefore pleaded with the SHS heads to ensure timely
submission of inputs since the processes governing the financial administration
of public funds in the country took a reasonable length of time.
He said the MoE had taken note of those SHSs
that did not benefit from the recent allocation of vehicles and hoped that such
institutions would get theirs during the next allocation by government.
Touching on the theme, Mr Kyeremeh said
students were admitted into schools with either positive or negative character
traits but the school environment was expected re-mould and guide the students
to achieve quality academic discipline.
He said discipline played a major role in the
creation of enabling environment for effective teaching and learning and called
on stakeholders to ensure the cardinal principles of discipline was factored
into their activities to ensure quality education.
Mr Kyeremeh urged parent-teacher associations
(PTAs) to direct their efforts at ensuring payment of fees and the provision of
support to schools by their members.
The PTAs must also forge closer ties with
school managements to address issues bothering on student and teacher
absenteeism and other negative conducts which go against the rules and
regulations and code of conduct of the school.
Nana Bofo Bene IV, the Vice President of the
Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs, who presided, said discipline must be
started from the authorities to be emulated by the students.
Mrs Cecilia Kwakye Cofie, the Headmistress of
Winneba SHS and National President of CHASS, said CHASS was committed to the
creation of a congenial environment that allowed for effective teaching and
learning to prepare students for global citizenship.