Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah
The former Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, has called on successive governments and politicians, to place prominence on the development of second cycle education in the country.
According to him, “a paradigm shift in the education system would ensure quality in the sector”.
“Over the years, educational policies in the country have not recognised the educational system as unitary, a single pipeline or a single super highway”, he lamented.
Prof. Anamuah-Mensah, who is the chairman of the Board of Governors of the Volta River Authority (VRA) Schools, was addressing the graduation ceremony of the 2012 year group of the secondary department of the Akosombo International School.
In all 158 students, of whom 76 were females, graduated and were co-opted into the Old Students Association of the school.
Prof Anamuah-Mensah held that successive governments had continually focused and pumped more resources into the primary and tertiary sectors, to the detriment second cycle and vocational education.
He cited such policies as the Education for All Millennium Development Goals; the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education; and interventions like the Capitation Grant; School Feeding programme and the provision of free school uniforms; as initiatives which have yielded substantial improvements in enrolment.
“Though commendable, these initiatives have created pool of basic school leavers demanding quality senior high school education and this is as the result of our failure to recognise the education system as a pipeline.
“However, more than 63 per cent of these basic school leavers, aged between 15 and 18 years, do not have access to secondary education with only 30-40 per cent of SHS graduates progressing to the tertiary level, in the last decade”, Prof. Anamuah-Mensah lamented.
He therefore asked the government to expand access to second cycle education to create a better future for the youth.
Prof. Anamuah-Mensah asked the graduants to stay away from the immoral decadence which “is tearing the fabric of society, including sexual immorality, homosexuality and materialism”.
The Vice President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, encouraged the graduants to see every challenge as a learning process they have to capitalise upon to build their capacities.
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) used the event to donate a brand new 13-seater Hyundai bus to the school.
The General Manager of VRA schools, Arnold Seshie, thanked the PTA for the gesture and promised it would be used for the intended purpose.