By Abubakari Ibrahim Wangara/Sambiru D. Elijah, GNA
Wa, Sept. 6, GNA – The National Association of Educational Accountants (AEA) of Ghana has held its annual conference in the Upper West Region with a call on stakeholders to support efforts aimed at restoring falling standards in the sector.
The five-day conference also brought together education directors, traditional rulers and representatives from the Conference of Heads of Assistance Secondary Schools (CHASS), Principals of Teacher Training Colleges (PRINCOF), Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU), Internal Auditors Association, Stores and Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) among others.
The conference was organized under the auspices of Ghana Education Services (GES) with the theme: “Financing of Pre-Tertiary Education in Ghana; the role of partners”.
Mr Alexander Agyei-Frimpong, the National Chairman of AEA, said the improvement of Ghana’s educational sector was one of the key development issues facing the country and stakeholders ought to work to restore the expected standards.
He said the AEA is ready to support efforts put in by the government to ensure that the education system fulfilled the expected human capital for national development.
“AEA is poised to take part in the shared responsibilities to ensure the success of this laudable policy come the commencement of the new academic year,” he said.
Mr Frimpong described the free senior high school initiative introduced to meet the constitutional free compulsory universal basic school as commendable saying it has come to absorb excess students who would have been rejected due to limited infrastructure.
He said educational partners play a very critical role in the education service deliveries through financing hence the need for the Minister of Education, Ghana Education Service, Metro/Municipal and District assemblies, Non-governmental Organization, philanthropists, School Management Committee and Parents Teacher Association, traditional authorities and civil societies groups to play critical roles in education service deliveries through financing.
Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, the Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, called on members of AEA to regularly upgrade their knowledge and skills to make them relevant in their chosen field.
He said the conference is a good opportunity for the educational accountants to learn from each other and also share best practices to enhance good financial management in schools.