Education vital to socio-economic development – Dr Oteng-Adjei

Dr. Oteng-Adjei - Energy Minister

Dr Joe Oteng-Adjei, Minister of Energy, has underscored the importance of education in national development and appealed to all Ghanaians to contribute to its promotion.

He said it was important for the various stakeholders to accept to play their expected roles well to complement government’s effort.

Dr Oteng-Adjei was speaking at the closing session a three-day ‘Homecoming Summit” of old students of the Jachie-Pramso Senior High School (SHS) in the Bosomtwe District of the Ashanti Region.

“Promoting academic excellence and social development of Jachie-Pramso SHS – The role of the Old Students”, was the theme.

It provided a platform for them to meet and discuss ways and means of addressing challenges facing the school with other stakeholders.

Dr Oteng-Adjei spoke of the Government’s determination to put in place the necessary policies and interventions to ensure access to education by all.

The Minster, himself, an old student of the school, said the Government in pursuance of its “Better Ghana Agenda” would continue to encourage individuals, churches and organizations to support the development of education.

Mr Paul Adjei Boakye, the Headmaster, said the school founded 41 years ago with 83 students, now has a population of over 1,600 with 160 teaching and non-teaching staff.

It had chalked many successes, he said, adding, the performance of the school in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) was encouraging.

Mr Boakye praised the Parent and Teacher Association (PTA), the Bosomtwe District Assembly and the Old Students Association for their immense contribution towards the provision of infrastructure for the school

He said the School needed additional classroom blocks, boy’s dormitory and teachers’ accommodation to help cope with the growing student population and appealed for support.

Mr George Ernest Asare, President of the Association, said they were building a library for the school at a cost GH¢550,000.00.

He appealed for support from corporate bodies, organizations, institutions and philanthropists.

Source: GNA

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