Mr. Kofi Sarfo Kantanka, the Ashanti Regional Director of Education, has directed headmasters of senior high schools in the Region to provide a list of redundant teachers for re-posting to where their services are most needed.
He said there were over 705 schools with excess teachers on their pay rolls “doing nothing” and that this would no longer be allowed.
Addressing the 60th anniversary, speech and prize-giving day ceremony of the Bekwai SDA SHS, he said people should not misrepresent the exercise as witch-hunting and that this was in the best interest of the development of education in the Region.
“Sixty years of quality Adventist education – its impact on the socio-economic development of Ghana” was the theme.
The Regional Director urged school authorities not to overburden parents with unauthorized fees and levies, saying, he found it disheartening the situation where about 40,000 children could not enter SHS, this year, because of problems with fees.
Mr. Eric Opoku, the Ashanti Regional Minister, pledged to do everything to ensure the construction of a dining hall, re-roof the school’s administration block, and to supply it with some mono-desks.
He advised the students to be disciplined and work hard on their books, telling them that, there were no shortcuts to success.
The Minister, himself an old student, appealed to past students to accept to support improve conditions in the school.
Oheneba Adusei Poku, Akyempimhene who represented the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, said the school had lived up to expectation as a mission institution, having produced high-calibre professionals serving in various sectors of the society.
He asked the students to take responsibility for their own education by remaining focused on the goal of knowledge and skills acquisition.
Mr. George Oduro-Yeboah, the Headmaster, said the school with a student population of 2,413 had gone through a lot of transformation since its establishment in 1953.
Its academic performance continued to be strong and he called on all stakeholders to help provide the needed infrastructure – classrooms, science equipment, and good accommodation for both teachers and students.
He appealed to the Education Ministry to assist the school with a bus and a pick-up vehicle to facilitate the movement of students, especially during inter-schools sporting and other activities.