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Regional News of Wednesday, 30 July 2003

Source: GNA

Education must be directed to development needs of the country

Tema, July 30 GNA- Mr Samuel Evans Ashong Narh, Tema Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) has said the educational sector needed the support of all for the development of the country.

He said the "Tema Municipal Assembly spends almost 40 per cent of its annual budget on education and one tends to wonder whether Ghana's education is properly focused on the short, medium and long-term needs.''

Mr Narh was speaking at the 10th Graduation and Speech and prize-giving Day of Ghosen Schools Complex on Wednesday.

He said in the 1980s emphasis was placed on providing facilities that would enable every child to develop his talents and potential to the highest level.

''Technical and vocational programmes took the centre stage, sadly enough, the emphasis was never translated on the ground. Many of the science workshops constructed at great expense are idle without equipment'', he said.

He congratulated the management of the School for achieving high standards.

Mrs. Rose Wontumi, Proprietress of the School, said the institution scored 100 percent in the BECE last year.