Alhaji Limuna Mohammed Muniru, Northern Regional Minister has warned that he would not tolerate lateness to events or programmes and called on organizers to stick to time.
He said time management was important for the country’s development and urged the people to adhere strictly to deadlines to ensure progress.
Alhaji Muniru gave the warning when addressing the 20th Speech and Prize Giving Day of Tamale Senior High School (TAMASCO) at its premises over the weekend.
Over 100 students, who distinguished themselves in various subjects, and past students who emerged tops in last year’s West Africa Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) received honours. Also honoured were some executives of Old TAMASCO Association.
The event was on the theme: “The Role of Parents in the Delivery of Quality Education in Ghana.” Alhaji Muniru said he is not happy with the practice of acknowledging invited dignitaries who arrive late to events, arguing that an invited dignitary worthy of acknowledgement must do well to arrive on time.
He said lateness to events had reached an intolerable level and requires some action to curtail it.
Lateness to events has been the order of the day in the Northern Region, with some chiefs and politicians being the most culprits.
During this year’s 6th March Celebrations at the Jubilee Park in Tamale, an eminent chief arrived late and was not allowed entry to the event grounds, an incident which sparked confusion at the event grounds and damaged relations between the Northern Regional Coordinating Council and the palace. It took a Regional Security Council meeting to resolve it.
Alhaji Muniru commended TAMASCO for its enviable academic achievements and called on the school’s administration “not to rest on its oars but strive for greater heights for the benefit of all especially the students.”
He bemoaned the falling standards of education in the region, but, he however said, the District Education Oversight Committees had been reactivated to help improve the situation.
Professor Amin Alhassan, Dean of the Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Studies of the Nyankpala Campus of the University for Development Studies, called on parents to be actively involved in the education of their children.
Alhaji Naa Tahiru Mahama, Headmaster of TAMASCO appealed for a fence wall around the school to prevent private developers from encroaching on its land as well as enhancing security for both staff and students.
Alhaji Mahama said some students had illegally connected electricity at the school to charge their mobile phones, a situation which can likely cause fire outbreaks in the dormitories and classrooms and promised to stop the practice.
TAMASCO, which has a student population of 2,210, secured 90.20 per cent and 99.60 per cent in last year’s WASSCE for its two batches of students.