The Ghana Education Service (GES) has adopted the Musama School of Music and Cultural Studies at Mozano in the Gomoa West District of the Central Region.
The adoption would help the development of the school to produce music teachers for the basic schools.
Ms Naana Biney, Director-General of the GES announced this at the graduation of 16 students from the school after three years of studies.
The Musama School of Music and Cultural Studies was founded by the Musama Disco Christo Church (MDCC) in 1965 to train and provide music teachers for the church’s choirs, but became defunct after some few years.
Rev H.K. Baah, the current Director of the School reactivated it in 1981 after returning from the then Music Specialist College at Winneba, now University of Education, Winneba.
Ms Naana Biney said the decision to adopt the school was informed by the fact that there is no music school in the country producing teachers to teach the subject in basic schools.
“If the Musama School of Music is adopted and developed to produce teachers for the basic schools, then the University of Education Music Department could also train teachers for the secondary and tertiary schools.
“Music will die a natural death if serious efforts are not made to produce teachers to handle it,” the Director-General said.
Ms Biney appealed to Ghanaians not to look down on specialist subjects such as music, fine arts and physical education.
She commended the MDCC for operating the school single-handedly all these years and promised that a team of inspectors from the Inspectorate Division of the GES would soon visit the school to assess its requirements.
Nana Obokomattah IX, Chief of Gomoa Dasum and the Amankorahen of Gomoa Akeympim Traditional Council commended Rev Baah for the good works towards the school and the church.
Rev Baah said the greatest challenge facing the school is lack of instruments for teaching and learning and appealed to individuals and organisations to help reverse the situation.
The 16 graduates are made up of seven females and nine males.
The external examiners, who supervised their work, were from the Music Department of the University of Ghana, Legon.