Concern over use of foreign songs in schools

The use of foreign songs and dances to perform choreography in schools is raising more concern in recent times.

Nana Adjei-Boateng, New Juaben Municipal Chief Executive is unhappy about the practice, and has described it as un-Ghanaian.

He
said: “all school activities should encourage the children to
appreciate our own culture,” and added that “adowa”, “kete”, “kpanlogo”
and other Ghanaian dances could be used to perform the choreography.

Nana
Adjei-Boateng who expressed this at the first ever open-day of the
Sarkodee Basic Schools in Koforidua after they had performed a
choreography said education from the beginning must build the sense of
patriotism in the children.

Recently choreography has become one
of the main activities at speech and prize giving days, open days and
other school functions using mostly South African lyrics and dances to
perform.

Nana Adjei-Boateng commended the leadership of the
school for organizing the programme after 50 years of its existence and
urged the parents to show more interest in their wards’ education.

He
indicated that government could provide the entire needed
infrastructure but if parents failed to collaborate with the teachers
it would be difficult to achieve the desired results.

Nana
Adjei-Boateng told the parents that their responsibility was beyond
buying uniforms and providing logistics and urged them to visit their
wards in the schools and find out how they were faring.

The
headmistress of the school, Ms Esther Fianko, said it was sad that most
parents did not visit the school or even attended programmes meant for
them as far as their wards’ education was concern.

She
appealed for a fence wall around the school compound to protect lives
and property since the absence of it had opened the school to all sorts
of indecent activities even during school hours.

Ms Fianko revealed that the situation had resulted in the theft of teachers bags from the classroom.

She later opened an exhibition of creative works by the students.

The
Sarkodee School was established in 1938 by a Koforidua based
philanthropist, Mr Sarkodee Addo, at the premises of the Regional
hospital and was later taken over by Government and relocated at its
present site to make way for the construction of the hospital.

Source: GNA