Madam Emelia Arthur, Deputy Western Regional Minister, on Saturday said collective responsibility on the part of every Ghanaian was required to ensure development of the country.
Speaking at the Founders Day celebration of the Sekondi College at Inchaban near Sekondi, she said education and discipline were important in preparing people to contribute positively towards national development.
It was on the theme: “Discipline, An Essential Tool for Achieving Educational Success”.
Madam Arthur said through discipline, the country would be able to harness its valuable human resource for development.
Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, a renowned heart surgeon and an old student of the school, who was the guest speaker, said the country could not make much headway in development without discipline that required people to do what was right even when nobody was watching them.
He said any country committed to discipline and hardwork would develop, adding “Anybody who does not want to sweat can’t achieve anything”.
Professor Boateng said the school was founded on discipline, which gave to students among many other qualities, confidence, happiness and satisfaction.
He spoke of indiscriminate littering of the environment and said one test of discipline was how people treated the environment.
Professor Boateng asked the students to keep the school’s environment clean and to focus on their studies by making good use of their time.
Mr. Joseph Ben Asmah, Headmaster of the School, called on old students of the school to increase their contribution towards the development of the school.
He said some old students had failed to honour their pledges to donate computers for the establishment of an electronic library for the school.
Mr. Asmah said a six-unit classroom block and a new girls’ dormitory funded by the government had been completed and work on a two-storey boys’ dormitory had began to be completed in 2012.
Nana Prah Agyensaim, Chief of Assin Kushea, who presided, urged parents and teachers to set good example for children to follow.
He said whether or not children became disciplined in future was depended on parents, teachers and adults in general.