Let’s strive for academic excellence in basic education – First Lady

Lydia Kukua Asamoah, GNA

Accra, Dec 3, GNA – First
Lady Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo, has emphasised the need to push the
quality of basic education in the country to the pinnacle of excellence.

This, she said,
would ensure that all talents were developed and harnessed in the quest to be a
viable competitor in global development.

“We must ensure that
education recognises, encourages and helps to achieve the maximum development
of our children by ensuring that knowledge and skills were not just a means for
children to attain high marks, but also, tools to understand and function in
our world”

Mrs. Akufo-Addo said
this at the 60th anniversary celebration of the Achimota Basic
School in Accra, which was held on the theme: “60 years of holistic education:
the pursuit of excellence”.

She said there was
also the need to identify and train excellent teachers since they played a
pivotal role in the educational learning process, and to court full parental
involvement in the education of children so they could focus on their studies
and be disciplined too.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo said
all Ghanaians would benefit from the free Senior High School Policy, should
they mould their children at the basic level in discipline and academic
excellence to discover their potentials.

She expressed her
delight at the steady academic progress of the Achimota School and
congratulated management and staff for their commitment and diligence to duty.

The First Lady paid
glowing tribute to past officers of the school, especially, the late Mrs. Grace
Williams Baffoe, the Headmistress during her time as a pupil, whose dynamism
ensured the kind of holistic training that unearthed their destined potentials.

She urged all old
pupils of Achimota Basic School (Akorettes) to support the school by assisting
in the construction of its modern Assembly Hall.

The First Lady said
the Rebecca Foundation, which she founded, had constructed an ultra- modern
library for the School in fulfilment of a request put forward by Management
early this year.

Other dignitaries
that graced the School’s anniversary included; Madam Abena Osei Asare, Deputy
Minister for Finance, and Nii Boye Laryea, Municipal Chief Executive of
Okaikwei North, and government officials.