The President of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), Mr Samuel Ofori-Adjei, has appealed to the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to allow the boards of governors of senior high schools (SHSs) to operate with some level of autonomy.
He said usually, the activities of the boards were controlled and restricted, saying that did not give the boards the free hand to operate, a situation which hampered the development of schools.
Mr Ofori-Adjei, who is also the Headmaster of Accra Academy, made the appeal during the inauguration of a new board of governors for the school in Accra yesterday.
Clout of Boards of Governors
He said boards of governors of institutions had the clout that enabled them to steer affairs and should be allowed to operate freely for the good of the institutions.
�Our major concern is that the ministry and the GES have a hold over the activities of the various boards. Our autonomy is not clear-cut. We must, therefore, be allowed to take fundamental decisions that will be in the interest of the institutions,� he noted.
The 14-member board is chaired by Mr Wilson Quartey Tei, a former Managing Director of Provident Life Assursance. The other members are Messrs Benjamin Clement Eghan, Richard Oblitei Solomon, Ebenezer Frederick Korsinah and Louis Narku Nortey and Mrs Lucy Kwapong.
The rest are Messrs Niibi Ayibonte, David Abalo, Francis Akoto-Wereko, Nii Abbey-Ashong, Charles Twum Asare, and Ms Joyce Amarboye, Mrs Elizabeth A. De-Souza and Mrs Rosetta Sackey.
Mr Ofori-Adjei pledged his unflinching support for the new board and urged all the members to contribute their quota to the progress of the school, adding, �We, as management, will tap into the expertise of the board and never do anything to thwart its operations.�
Mr Tei congratulated the outgoing board and encouraged all members to do their best to ensure that Accra Academy maintained its enviable position as one of the best schools in the country.
He said the new board would commence operations as quickly as possible to put better plans in place to raise the standard of the school.
For her part, the Greater Accra Regional Director of Education, Mrs Elizabeth A. De-Souza, assured the board that the ministry would address the concerns raised by the board.
She called on parents, teachers and students to assist the board in all its endeavours to help the school progress.
The Vice-Chairman of the outgoing board, Mr Samuel Victor Quao, encouraged the new board to maintain the good name of the school.
Source: Daily Graphic/Ghana
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