Minister Wants Education Gap Narrowed

Samuel Sarpong

Samuel Sarpong

He observed with concern that males usually climbed higher on the educational ladder than their female counterparts; a worrying situation, which to him was not auguring well for the country.

Hon. Sarpong, as a matter of urgency, charged all stakeholders to play pivotal roles to help curb the development so as to ensure that females also climbed high on the educational ladder.

This was contained in a speech read on his behalf during the 34 th  Speech and Prize Giving Day of the Kumasi Wesley Girls High School in Kumasi.

Hon. Sarpong said the country would benefit more if more women were educated to the higher level, pointing out that ‘women getting access to education would yield substantial private and social returns and inter-generational payoffs.’

He therefore slammed those that were interested in promoting early girl marriages, warning them to desist from that act since it was not helping the young girls and the country.

Hon. Sarpong also warned young girls to concentrate on their books and avoid all social vices like smoking, drinking and also abstain from early sex to prevent them from being victims of teenage pregnancy.

The school popularly called ‘Kumasi Wey-Gey-Hey’ has a student population of 2626. Out the number, 502 read Science, 1,176 read General Arts; 367 are in Business; 442 read Home Economics and 129 read Visual Arts.

Esi Oduro Asante, headmistress of the school, cited congestion as one of the key challenges facing the school, pointing out that upsurge in enrolment levels was the cause of their quandary.

She also lamented that the dining hall of the school could not contain the student population and ‘this has necessitated the conversion of our small assembly hall into a dining hall temporarily.’

Mrs. Oduro Asante bemoaned that few teachers were residing on campus to ensure discipline, attributing this problem to lack of infrastructure on campus. She implored the stakeholders concerned to come to the school’s aid.

The Presiding Bishop, Methodist Church of Ghana, Most Rev. Professor Emmanuel Asante, said ‘it is a stark fact that, the formal training of education of women in Ghana, like other Africa countries, has woefully lagged behind that of men.’

This unpleasant situation, he bemoaned, resulted in women ‘largely excluded from the decision-taking processes, and were invariably subordinated to the power and authority of men.’

Calling for the improvement in the education of women to benefit the country, the Man of God said ‘to a large extent, the family’s nutrition, health and economy depend on our women and therefore deserve to be treated decently and empowered through the facility of education.

 FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi