Regional News of Monday, 6 January 2014
Nene Sakite II, the Kornor of Manya Krobo has called for a national policy on education under which an independent body would determine once and for all, the number of years to be spent at the senior high school.
Such a national policy, according to him, must also guide the issues on education politicians put in their manifestos.
The last decade has witnessed changes in the duration of secondary education; first from five years to three years, then to four years and back to the present three years.
“From 1951, secondary education was five years or seven years (additional two years of Sixth Form) then back to three years, then four years and now three years. Why these changes which are detrimental to students and the country as a whole?” Nene Sakite asked.
The overlord of Manya Krobo made those comments at the 45th anniversary celebration of the Manya Krobo Senior High School at Nuaso, near Odumase-Krobo. The Manya Krobo Senior High School replaced the then Presbyterian Secondary School which was established at Odumase Krobo but relocated to Legon in 1968.
According to Nene Sakite, who has masters’ degrees in Business Administration, Economics and International Development, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Economics, education is too precious to be left in the hands of politicians alone.
He argued that political influence and direction since 1951 had done nothing to modify the content of education, which, to him, was mainly academic.
Reverend Simon Asige, Director of Secondary Education who also spoke at the gathering, directed heads of public senior high schools to credit students with the unapproved fees they collected from them to lessen the burden on parents.
On examination malpractices during the WASSCE, Rev. Asige said that had increased from 4,013 in May/June 2011 to 4,879 in May/June 2012, and added that the same trend was repeated in the November/December examinations.
The Headmaster of the school, Rev. Isaac Sackey Kwao, traced the history of the school from 1968 and said despite numerous challenges; it had produced good students for tertiary institutions.