By Benjamin Mensah, GNA
Accra, May 7, GNA - Education manager and reggae musician Anthony Appiah King, alias Black Amber, has appealed to the Government to create a fund from which soft loans could be sourced to assist private schools.
He extolled the role of private institutions in the development of the nation’s human resources, but contended that “the private schools and their owners have been riddled” with problems such as logistics and high taxes.
In an article written in a magazine detailing the achievements, in the 10 years of the St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church at Kasoa, in the Central Region, Mr King said private schools, established by the private entrepreneurs have really helped government’s efforts in realising the dream of educating the citizenry.
The article explored challenges of the sector including poor supervision in schools, the performance gap of pupils at the basic level and students at the secondary level, poor parent teacher relation and interaction, examination leakages and the embarrassment it brought to schools, the West African Examinations Council and the Government and their effects on the overall development of education.
In a follow up interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Mr King, who is also the Chairman of the tenth anniversary planning committee of the Church, urged Government to launch an investigation into the performance gap between pupils and student at the Basic and Secondary levels.
Mr King said:” I am pleading with the government to institute a comprehensive investigation into how some students finish JHS with nine ones, and end up getting repeated in or sacked from their respective SHS.
“A supposed clever student with distinction in all nine subjects who attend SHS, and within a space of three years the student comes up with abysmal performance. Where is the missing link?
Worried about the spate of examination leakages and calling people involved in the leakage as “nation wreckers”, Mr King said the criminal activities of these people not only reduce the quality of education, but also engenders laziness among pupils and students, with end result of mediocrity and lack of innovation.
Mr King said “should these unscrupulous self-centred people be flushed, education in our country would become competitive and enhance the quality.”
Mr King, who is also the Proprietor of Unique Christianville Educational Institute, based at Kasoa, urged parents and guardians to take active interest in their children and wards performance at School.
“I am of the view that every parent should make constructive effort in their children’s education,” Mr King said.