A Senior Lecturer at The University Of Cape Coast, School of Business, Dr. John Gatsi, has admonished Teacher At The Basic Level Of Education, to desist from using discouraging words against the students, if they perform below their expectations.
According to him, Teachers should avoid the use of vulgar language and discouraging words, against children, just because they need some extra attention from them to get to the level of the brilliant ones.
He said, “Teachers should bear in mind that we have seen academically poor students at one stage, but become extremely promising at another stage”. According to him, he has witnessed several children who were written off, by their Teachers, but became respected businessmen and women in society.
Speaking as The Guest Speaker of The 30th Anniversary Celebration Of The Rev. Father Peter Wenders Basic School at Sepenukope at Aflao, in The Ketu South Municipality, under the theme: 30 Years Of Holistic Public Basic Education: Prospects And Challenges, Dr. John Gatsi charged The Head Teacher And The Staff of The School, to define the kind of children they want to produce, in the next 30 years.
He asked them to develop numeracy, communicative and general soft skills, for the children in their early stages. “Strengthen the most basic level that is KG with passion, resources and required teachers”.
He said, The School must provide opportunities for the Teachers from Kindergarten to Junior High School to participate in refresher training and workshops in their respective subject areas, for them to perform better.
Rev. Fr. Peter Wenders Basic School was officially given accreditation by the Government Of Ghana in the year 1986 after Rev. Fr. Peter Wenders, assisted by some Catholic Church Members, led by Madam Comfort Dzirakor began some Non Formal Training Sessions, with yet to be baptized Catholics and school- going age indigenes in Sepenukope and its surrounding villages.
Eventually and predictably, Madam Comfort Dzirakor became the First Head Teacher, of The School, when it was formally given accreditation. The school after its establishment faced a lot of challenges. Prominent among the challenges faced were: Inadequate Classrooms to accommodate the overwhelming population, inadequate Members Of Staff, to handle the pupils, lack of urinal and toilet facilities, inadequate stationery and textbooks, insufficient Government dual desks, lack of office and a store for The Administrator among others. According to The out-going Headmaster of The School, Hilarious Kwabla Ayittey, the School’s B.E.C.E results computation, since its establishment has never fallen below 50%.
“The School was adjudged the best, out of 104 schools in Ketu South”. The Public Relations Officer at The Ministry Of Health, an old student, Tony Goodman, tasked the children to study hard for good grades in order to go higher in their education.
He also appealed to parents and other Stakeholders to help address both Infrastructural and the learning material needs of The School. The Minister of Transport And MP for the Area Fiifi Kwetey called, on The School Authorities to live by the principles of truth and morality, on which The School was established.
He promised to support The School with part of his Common Fund, when retained, come December 7.
Source: radioxyzonline.com/Francis Edzorna Mensah