A national consensus must be reached on the nation’s educational policy, demands Right Reverend Francis Benjamin Quashie, Bishop of the Koforidua Diocese of the Anglican Church.
He said such a policy should aim at national objectives that would produce students with the desired qualities needed for the Ghanaian and global markets while at the same time preventing the periodic governmental interference and changes in the nation’s education process.
Bishop Quashie made the call at the launch of the 30th anniversary of the Kwabeng Anglican Senior High Technical School in Koforidua on Wednesday.
He said the lack of adequate access to education had left the country with an illiteracy rate of 46.3 percent and an army of semi-literate population who are unprepared for the increasingly sophisticated economy.
Bishop Quashie said products of the country’s current educational system lack initiative and drive, hence their overdependence on government for almost everything.
The Anglican Church, according to him, was ready to partner the state to provide quality education saying soon an Anglican University College of Technology would be inaugurated to serve as a centre of excellence.
The Atiwa District Chief Executive, Mr Emmanuel Atta-Twum, said in addition to the few buildings that government had provided for the school, plans were far advanced for the provision of adequate infrastructure.
Mrs Benedicta Foli, the Headmistress of the school, in a welcoming address, said the school was established 30 years ago by the Anglican Church as a private school with 17 students.
A decade later, she said, the school was adopted into the government educational system.
Mrs Foli said despite the development of the school within the last 30 years, it still lacked many amenities including accommodation for teachers, wall around the school to help institute discipline.
She said the celebration of the anniversary would be climaxed in November.