Education remains most powerful tool for economic transformation

Abubakari Ibrahim Wangara, GNA

Lawra, (UWR), Oct 13, GNA – Upper West
Regional Minister Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan has urged young people to see
education as a priority since it remains a potent weapon for economic
transformation and the speedy development of every society.

“There is no society that can advance and be
able to cope with the dictates of global trends without paying attention to its
culture and education”.

He added that “culture and education are bed
fellows in our contemporary world”.

Alhaji Alhassan was speaking during the celebration
of 42nd “Kobine Festival” of the people and chiefs of Lawra.

He said the government had instituted
pragmatic education policies and programmes to tackle challenges in the
education sector.

It was poised to address the country’s
physical infrastructure deficit in the education sector through construction
and maintenance of classroom blocks as well as the supply of furniture and
other logistics to schools.

The Minister said steps were being taken to
make sure that the quality of education was not compromised with the
introduction of the free Senior High School (SHS) policy.

The government had introduced a “Double Track
System” to deal with the increased student admission following the introduction
of free education policy in senior high schools in 2017.

Alhaji Alhassan said the Ghana School Feeding
Programme was receiving much attention than before with school enrolment in the
Lawra Municipality growing by 14,457 and covering almost all Primary and
Kindergarten schools in the municipality.

Naa Puowele Karbo III, the Paramount Chief of
Lawra Traditional Area, said quality education was the hallmark for human
resource development in every community – a vehicle for achieving knowledge and
skill development.

He expressed worry over falling standards of
education in the area, saying that, “the declining standard of education in our
municipality over the years has been a major concern to our development which
needs to be tackled hands on”.

He was also unhappy about the neglect of
parental responsibilities towards education of children as well as the lukewarm
attitude of some chiefs and community leaders to school management.

Naa Karbo III called on stakeholders to play
their expected roles well to lift education in the municipality and to ensure
that no child was denied education.


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