Mamfe, Feb 29, GNA -
Nana Ansah Sasraku, Mamfehene and kyidomhene of the Akuapem traditional area,
has appealed for government and stakeholder support to buttress the efforts of
private basic schools which he described as offering access to quality
education to countless Ghanaian children.
He denied the widely-held perceptions that the primary motivation of all private schools is money- making, and maintained that “most private schools in semi-urban and rural settings were filing in the gaps for accessible education”.
Nana Sasraku was speaking as the guest speaker at the 15th anniversary celebration of the Mamfe Apostolic School Complex, held under theme “the role of private schools in National Development” at Mamfe-Akuapem over the weekend.
Citing an instance to back his claim, he said some private schools were operating crèches which admit babies aged from six months to enable their mothers go to work, with the public schools doing intakes from the four year olds to the kindergarten, stressing “it was not out of place for private schools at the basic level to receive state support”.
The Mamfehene argued that the fact that private schools without trained teachers and well-structured systems could excel at the Basic education Certificate Examination (BECE), was enough testament to the fact private schools had all it takes, including effective supervision, to improving schools academic performance.
He applauded the Apostolic School Complex which was set up at a time when Mamfe had only two mission basic schools but had since complemented the effort of the state to provide quality education to the people of Mamfe at a low cost.
Nana Sasraku was full of praise for Elder Samuel Appiah Darko, Proprietor of the School for providing access to quality and affordable education to improve the academic performance to the children of Mamfe over the years and called on parents to be responsible towards their wards education.
Mr Appiah-Darko, said the school has chalked many successes including its pupils being adjudged the best at the Eastern Regional Mathematics and Science Clinic workshop organized by the Ghana Education Service (GES) this year.
He said the school has been selected by the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) as a centre to write the June 2016 BECE examination and has so far registered 14 candidates to write the examination.
The proprietor said despite these achievements, the school needed support to expand its classroom to increase enrollment.