The Chief Justice (CJ), Justice Sophia Akuffo, has said that Ghana should strive for quality at its public schools to ensure equity in education for all.
She said there was the crucial need for standardisation in the quality of education to ensure that Ghanaian children everywhere had access to quality education as it was in times past.
Justice Akuffo was addressing the opening of the Summer Camp for about 600 girls from 40 Girls Senior High Schools (SHSs) in the country at the Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast last Tuesday.
The occasion was used to mark the 10th anniversary of the Forum of Heads of Girls’ Senior High Schools (FOHGSHS) on the theme: “FOHGSHS at 10: Pursuing Our Gender Agenda for Greater Impact.”
Justice Akuffo observed that without quality education for all, there would be serious imbalances in the development of the nation's human resource which will negatively impact on its development.
The CJ added that it was particularly important for the education of girls to be at the centre of all its national programmes to enable their potential to be harnessed effectively for national development.
She commended the organisers for the decision to organise the camp, saying it would promote the cross fertilisation of youthful ideas and learning.
Outside the box
Justice Akuffo advised the girls to respect their culture and develop their intellectual and spiritual capabilities while thinking out of the box to be able to take advantage of opportunities that came their way.
She also urged them to put away timidity to explore their God-given talents and choose good over bad in order to excel.
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, in her address, commended the FOHGSHS for their continuous struggle to provide access to quality education, especially for girls from vulnerable backgrounds.
She observed that empowering girls through education had a positive ripple effect on the family and society.
Hajia Mahama advised the girls to strive from powerlessness to positions of power through education, saying that was the only way to break the cycle of female poverty and gender discrimination.
The minister further urged educational institutions to use education to prepare boys to accept girls as equals with potential for growth and development.
She said achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would, to a large extent, depend on the education of women and called for the removal of all biases against girls’ education.
Hajia Mahama expressed optimism that FOHGSHS would provide unbiased access to all girls.
The Headmistress of Wesley Girls High School, Mrs Betty Dzokoto and President of FOHGSHS thanked all who had worked to make FOHGSHS survive the last ten years, saying it would continue to promote quality education for girls.
Professor Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, Director, Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, who chaired the function, advised the girls to serve humanity and work hard towards their goals.
Some of the girls expressed the hope to build their confidence and learn from role models during the camp.
Persons who have supported the forum were honoured.