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The Ketu North Municipal Director of Education, Mercy E. E. Ashiagbor, has called on students within her jurisdiction to study hard and abstain from attending funeral wakes.
She said “Pupils must take upon themselves to add value to the way they study and stop becoming funeral contractors in The District and beyond,”, adding that, some parents also encourage the children to attend almost every funeral in town.
Addressing the 9th John Gatsi Educational Foundation Awards Ceremony held at the Evangelical Presbyterian Primary School, Ablorme-Dzodze, Madam Ashiagbor noted that, “some parents only invest in material things rather than providing for their wards’ education needs. Parents only send their wards into the public schools without any concern about their educational progress.
“These among others are things seriously affecting our education in the public schools,” she suggested.
The Director again stressed that, “the concepts of free education and responsibility of parents need to be communicated to parents so that they can live to expectation.”
For the past 9 years, The Foundation has been making intensive outreach to stakeholders of education through Headmasters, Teachers, Parents and Pupils through various forms including motivating pupils to learn for desired changed behavior, organizing in-service training for Teachers in Science, Mathematics and English Language, engaging parents and stakeholders in education fora to achieve educational excellence in Ketu North Municipality, among others.
Presenting the report from 2017 John Gatsi Foundation’s exam held at Afife Evangelical Presbyterian Primary, Professor Gatsi, The Founder, declared Vehem Mawunyo International School (Private) as the Best School in 2017.
The best student John Mensah was also from the Vehem Mawunyo International School.
In all about 16 deserving students,- four public schools with four awardees and four Private Schools with four awardees walked home with certificates, plaques, learning materials and cash prices.
Professor Gatsi called on stakeholders in public Schools to intensify their monitoring activities and focus more on teaching and learning.
He again, charged all stakeholders to contribute to reading and learning of the students at the basic level to develop critical and well informed youths, who are the ones to solve the problems of The Country tomorrow.
On behalf of Chiefs, Traditional rulers and elders of the Community, Torgbui Adzofia V, Chief of Dzodze Ablorme, appealed to Parents to be more concerned with their children and provide for their educational needs without delay.
He asked them to monitor their wards, check their academic records regularly, so as to know how they are performing.
Torgbui also called on pupils to be obedient, have time with their books and study hard in order to become that Engineer, Lecturer, MP, Ministers among others in future.
He expressed profound gratitude to The Foundation and Professor John Gatsi for devoting time and resources to promoting teaching and learning in the Area.
The ceremony was chaired by the Country Director of Pencil of Promise, Freeman Gobah, who encouraged the children to do more learning as they advance to the next level of their education.
Source: Francis Edzorna Mensah