Stop Playing Politics With Education - Okyenhene Tells Politicians

The Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panyin II, had blamed unnecessary political interferences in the educational system for the falling standard of education at all levels in the country. He said if the trend continued, it would do more damage to the country and therefore called on politicians in the country, to stop playing politics with the educational system. Addressing the 21st anniversary and the first speech and prize giving day of the Kyebi Senior High and Technical School at Kyebi on Saturday, the Okyenhene said it was time government prioritize education and push more resources into it by motivating teachers, especially those who accept postings to rural areas. Okyenhene said to ensure quality education at all levels, it was necessary for all stakeholders to play their respective roles and therefore urged parents to consider education of their wards important investment and commit resources to it. “Parents must be responsible enough to ensure that all children of school going age should be in school and provide them with all the necessary resources,” he stressed. The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Victor Emmanuel Smith said the bold decision of government to expand access to secondary education by adding 119 second cycle schools to the then existing ones in the 1987 educational reforms, had yielded results. Mr Smith said every child born on this earth was endowed with potentials or abilities which could only develop to the fullest with formal education. Mr Smith said government had committed huge percentage of its budget to education in the form of salaries of teachers and educational staff, subsidizing school fees, providing free text books, training teachers, providing infrastructure and supporting manpower needs to facilitate teaching and learning. He urged teachers to consider themselves as part of the solutions to the many problems that confront the youth in the country. “They must serve as good role models for students and inspire them to rise to the highest academic levels,” he said.