KPASEC@70: Need for national policy on education — First Sky Group Chairman
The Executive Chairman of the First Sky Group, Eric Kutortse has said that basing educational policies on political party manifestoes and campaign promises will only impede the quality of education the nation yearns for.
“Our focus should rather be on a national policy on education to strictly adhere to no matter the political party in power,” he said.
Mr Kutortse, who was speaking at the climax of the 70th anniversary of the Kpando Senior High School (KPASEC) at Kpando, said it was, therefore, crucial for governments to prioritise education by committing adequate funds and infrastructure, creating effective policies and ensuring access to quality education for all children equitably, irrespective of their socio-economic background.
The climax, which was marked with a durbar was on the theme: “Quality education – A collective responsibility”.
The chairman of the First Sky Group, who is also an old student of the school, pointed out that the community at large also had a significant role to play in ensuring quality education by monitoring children in and out of their school environment.
He observed that the role of teachers was fundamental and pivotal in attaining quality education since it was teachers who fostered critical thinking, curiosity and creativity in students.
“It is, therefore, imperative for teachers to be adequately remunerated and motivated to have enough time to train and mould our future generation,” Mr Kutortse maintained.
He called on parents to make conscious and sustained efforts to create a conducive learning environment at home for their children and support them to learn smoothly, saying that parents were undoubtedly the first teachers in a child’s life.
The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Dr Eric Nkansah, commended KPASEC for maintaining a sterling image among educational institutions in the country over the decades, saying the school did not only stand for learning but also served as a beacon for inspiring generations.
“KPASEC has been a place where knowledge blossoms, friendships flourish and dreams take flight,” he noted.
Dr Nkansah said the commitment of the staff, the dedication of the students, and the unwavering support of the community had collectively shaped KPASEC into a shining institution.
He entreated the students to study diligently towards a bright future and said their education was not just a privilege but a powerful tool that could impact the world around them.
The Headmaster, Charles Evans Apreku, said KPASEC, which took off on a humble note in 1953 with nine students and two teachers, now had a student enrolment of 3,498 and a staff strength of 235.
On challenges, the headmaster said there was an urgent need for a new boys’ dormitory with decent toilets to ease congestion.
The Akpinifia, Okpekpewuokpe Dagadu IX, who chaired the function, urged all stakeholders to invest in the professional development of teachers and to help provide them with the necessary resources and support to deliver quality education.