Parents must play a role to shape students future – Minister

By Kodjo Adams/Evelyn Anane, GNA 

Accra, Oct. 25, GNA – Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the
Deputy Minister of Education, has called on parents to invest in their wards
education and to show interest in their activities to guide their future
aspirations.

Dr Adutwum advised parents to liaise with
teachers to know the performance of their children in schools and offer the
needed help to improve their weaknesses to success.

The Deputy Minister said this on Wednesday in
Accra at an educational forum on free Senior High School organised by the
National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations.

The forum was on the theme: “Free SHS: The
Role of Parents in the Sustainable Implementation of the Policy.”

He said the free SHS policy was introduced to
cater for the increase in enrolment and ensure that no qualified child was left
out of admission.

“When you look at the WASSCE year in and out,
about 65 percent do not get the credit that takes them to tertiary that tells
you, you don’t have a system that is functioning well.

“The school system is doing what people call
“chew, pour, pass and forget” and I call that ‘chew, pour, fail and forget’.
Children are not retaining the learning in such a way that when it is exams
time they don’t have to memorize and they can still do well,” he added.

Dr Adutwum said the double system was
introduced to solve the problem of congestion by admitting more students
without any conditions, adding that it was a smart approach by government to
end the cut offs during admission of SHS students. 

He explained that the double-track system
divides the entire student body and staff into two different tracks so that
while one track is in school, the other is on vacation.

He said the double-track system was a temporal
measure to mitigate the overcrowding, promising to put up more schools to deal
with the situation soon.

Dr Adutwum dismissed suggestions that the
implementation of the double-track system would negatively affect quality of
SHS education in the country.

“The country already has a terrible school
system and the introduction of the double-track system is one of the measures
being implemented by government to solve it”.

He called for the introduction of creative
arts in SHS to help harness the talents of the students and urged
Parent-Teacher Associations to support government to fully implement the free
SHS.

Mr Alexander Yaw Danso, the President of the
National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations, said the introduction of the
free SHS was an opportunity for parents to be involved in their wards education
through effective supervision at home and support in the provision of
infrastructural facilities.

He said the Association had provided
monumental structures, means of transportation and welfare support in many SHSs
and introduced student accident and welfare policy, a life assurance policy for
second cycle students with Saham Life Insurance.

He urged government to address challenges
militating against the success of the free SHS programme, including congestion
in dormitories and classrooms, in adequate furniture in classrooms and dining
halls and library space, and inadequate teaching and learning materials.

GNA

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