Government urged to increase budgetary allocation to Education Ministry

Oyarifa (GAR),July 10, GNA – Nana (Dr)
  Dankawoso I, President of the
Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has
called on the government to increase the budgetary allocation  to the educational sector  to enable the nation achieve its vision of
quality, accessible and affordable education for all.

He noted that massive investments had gone
into education in some countries, but Ghana was not reaping the commensurate
returns due to the fact that quality and equity were absent from the educational

Nana (Dr) Dankawoso made the call at the fifth
Graduation, Speech and Prize-Giving D ay of Penfield School Limited at Oyarifa,
near Adenta in Accra on Saturday.

It was on the theme “Quality Education, A Must
for All Developing Nations’’.

Nana Dankawoso who is also the President of
Pan African Chamber of Commerce said quality education was the bedrock of any
prosperous nation and that any developing nation that was desirous of achieving
significant prosperity and development should endeavour to make quality
education a number one priority.

He said enrolment and accessibility may be
good but quality, equity and standards, were the vehicles that could drive the
nation to obtain skills and knowledge needed for effective social and   labour market integration.

Nana (Dr) Dankawoso noted that well educated
people contributed to more democratic societies and sustainable economies and
were less dependent on public aid and less vulnerable to economic   downturns.

“Societies with skilled individuals are best
prepared to respond to the current and future potential crises,’’ he said,
adding that, “investing in pre-school, primary and secondary education for all
and in particular, for children from disadvantaged backgrounds is both fair and
economically efficient”.      

Nana (Dr) Dankawoso commended the School for
taking upon itself to offer quality education to the nation’s future leaders
and urged them to keep on the good work.

Mr Samuel Anim, Chief Executive Officer of the
School who chaired the function, said the mission of the school was to offer a
Christian-Oriented and holistic education based on challenging curriculum meant
to ensure that the children grew to be confident.

He congratulated the past students of the
school for making the school proud in their courses they were undertaking and
also for winning many awards for themselves.

Mr Patrick Essiam, Principal of the School,
said last year’s WASSCE results could be described as one of the best in the
country, with all the students gaining admission into universities in Ghana and

He said the School had signed an exchange
programme with Deo Gratis School in Abuja, Nigeria to train students in many

Mr Essien commended members of the Board,
parents, teachers and the staff of the School, for their contributions, which
has helped the school to become what it was today.


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