Justice William Atuguba presenting a prize to one of the graduates at the ceremony
Justice William Atuguba presenting a prize to one of the graduates at the ceremony
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Education must produce proactive leaders — Justice Atuguba

A retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice William Atuguba, has called for sound education that will make students proactive citizens who will insist on good governance, probity and accountability, nationalism, transparent justice and rule of law.

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He said the thrust of modern education was scientifically vibrant, but spiritually and morally anemic, stressing that education must be holistic in order to be sound. The country should, therefore, adopt a holistic approach to education that does not induce students to be proactive citizens, the retired judge said.

Speaking at the North Legon Little Campus end-of-programme and graduation ceremony in Accra last Saturday, Justice Atuguba questioned if it was proper for Africa and Ghana to continue to be an ever-expanding market for Western products of all sorts even with injurious consequences to health, adopt Western fashions to the exclusion of local culture, adopt bodily beautification involving long artificial nails, eye lashes, and LGBTQ+.

The graduation was under the theme: “The purpose of education in a connected complex and changing 21st century”. Students who excelled during the academic year were presented with various prizes.

Among them were Pete Winnipini Abariga who achieved 95 per cent in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Chemistry examination, Dziffa Avor who picked nine prizes, and Effah Avor for collecting six prizes in their classes.

Leadership

Justice Atuguba stressed that the future needed leaders who were not only competent but also ethical. “Therefore, our education should instil values such as integrity, responsibility, and service, preparing students to lead with a sense of purpose and a commitment to making a positive impact on the world,” the retired judge said.

 Justice Atuguba said the purpose of education in the 21st century extended beyond the walls of the classroom.

“It is about preparing students to be thoughtful, informed, and engaged citizens who can navigate and contribute to our complex and interconnected world,” the retired Supreme Court judge said.

“The challenges of the 21st century demand innovative and creative solutions, and education must encourage students to think outside the box, experiment and take risk.

“By fostering a spirit of innovation, we prepare students to drive progress and make meaningful contributions to society to enable the youth population to become not only job seekers but also job creators,” Justice Atuguba said.

Cambridge curriculum

The school was established in 2007 as an integrated school running the Cambridge curriculum under the British Council.

It is comprised of pre-school, primary and secondary education, and and participate in the IGCSE, Ordinary Level and Advanced Level examinations. The Managing Director of the school, Douglas Djarbeng, in an interview said the school successfully registered nine students in the IGCSE and four other students in the Advanced Level programmes during the current academic year.

The Head of Academic of the school, Gifty Oku, said the school had implemented work experience and internship initiatives for students in year 11,12 and 13.

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