The Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institutions have been tasked by the Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, to enhance educational outcomes or risk having their institutions shut down.
He said that a school with a consistent pass rate of zero to ten percent should develop intervention programmes to make sure that the majority of its students will have access to opportunities for further education rather than becoming a burden on their parents and society as a result of failing their exam.
The Minister explained that transferring the affected students to other nearby schools would allow them to complete their education while also saving the country from the significant financial losses that the government was experiencing as a result of the schools’ continued operation.
The Conference of Assisted Senior High Schools (CHASS) members and the Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in Kumasi on Saturday and Sunday were both addressed by Dr. Adutwum, who made this announcement over the weekend.
The purpose of the annual gathering was to update them on the state of education in the nation, discuss recent developments in the field, and address any concerns they may have.
All SHS heads attended the meetings, which were held in two batches, on Saturday. On Sunday, principals from TVET institutions across the nation also attended.
He praised the heads for their contributions to the transformation of education in the nation, promised to keep giving them the resources they need, and admonished them to work extremely hard to ensure they get the desired outcomes.
Dr. Adutwum also advised the heads to refrain from refusing to admit first-year students because some items on their prospectus had not been acquired.
According to him, no student should be denied enrollment because their parents were unable to purchase certain items listed in the school’s prospectus. Let them at least visit the school; the rest could be acquired with enough time.
The Education Minister lamented the inclusion of numerous additional unapproved items on the school prospectus, which eventually resulted in the prospectus for first-year students becoming bloated.
The heads were advised not to take any actions that would deter students from attending school or prevent them from doing so by Dr. Adutwum, who is also the Member of Parliament for Bosomtwe.
He urged the heads to make it their mission to do everything in their power to foster a conducive environment for students to learn and to avoid interfering with their studies.
The principals were reminded by Ms. Gifty Twum-Ampofo, the deputy minister of education in charge of the TVET sector, to make sure that students were prepared for the job market and to let the schools pass through them rather than the students passing through the school.
In order to support their efforts to provide the best training for their students, she also urged the principals to spend time developing their skills by reading relevant courses and books.
Presentations were made by the leadership of the Ghana Education Service (GES), National Education Leadership Institute (NELI), Free Senior High School Secretariat, Funds and Procurement Management Unit (FPMU), and Ghana TVET Service.