The Financial Secretary of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of AngloGold Ashanti School (AGA School), Daniel Asare, has appealed to parents especially those in the public schools not to leave the burden of promoting quality education solely on the government.
Interacting with the media after he led the PTA of AGA School to handover over two projects to the school, Mr Asare said to ensure quality education, parents must play a supportive role to ensure government achieves that target.
The PTA in their quest to contribute to the enhancement of the standard of education in the school, funded the construction of a pre-school play centre project and a mechanised borehole with a 20,000-litre water reservoir, costing GH₵110,000.00.
Mr Asare said key pillars to promoting quality education included but were not limited to providing quality teachers, ensuring the use of quality learning equipment and professional development as well as creating secured and conductive quality learning environments for the students. Out of the pillars, he said, parents have a role to play mostly at home in shaping and complementing the efforts of teachers.
Contributing to the ongoing debate for parents to support the sustainability of the government's flagship programme, the Free Senior High School policy, Mr Asare said it ought to be a shared responsibility between government and parents.
He said by so doing, parents will help break the cycle of poverty and improve the socio-economic development of the nation.
Citing the contribution of parents to the AGA school, he said parents over the years have contributed massively towards the quality education of their wards – the recent amongst was a resolution by parents to contribute GH₵400 cedis per child per term as facility maintenance fee for the Junior High School, which is a private/public partnership of government and AGA.
Mr Asare appealed to the school authorities to take good care of the facility and make good use of it for the betterment of the students.
The Executive Director of the school, Mr Simon Peter Atta Cato, lauded the PTA for its cooperation and contribution over the years to quality education.
He underscored the strategic nature of the two projects saying "this modern playground has come at the right time; at a time where children will need a safe and sound environment to play. The borehole will also ensure a constant supply of water to the school."