Schools in the country have been charged to pay particular attention to the morality of their pupils without which the kids education would be incomplete, Chief Godfred Noble Medicine, an entrepreneur, has underscored.
Delivering a keynote address to mark the 20th Anniversary and 10th Graduation ceremony of Crown Prince Academy in Accra over the weekend, Chief Noble Medicine also tasked parents to play a major role in the morality of their wards.
According to him, parents act as the first role models for their children and must therefore strive to do away with behaviours characterised by "violence, loose talks and disrespect among others".
He observed that: "When parents demonstrate care and affection, and speak the truth at home, the children also demonstrate those traits wherever they go."
He charged the graduands to avoid unnecessary behaviours that would "rubbish" the sacrifices their parents have made for them to get to that far.
Chief Noble Medicine also bemoaned the fact that Africa has failed over the past 50 years to sell itself to the world. He noted that it was shameful for the continent to portray itself as not capable of producing engineers good enough to design the African Union headquarters, which architectural design was done by a Chinese firm.
On her part, Managing Director of the School, Mrs. Susanne Prince-Boateng reminded policy makers and stakeholders in the education sector that "posterity will judge them rightly or wrongly if decisions they take today, do or do not inure to the benefit of the country in the future".
She has therefore advised policy makers to ensure that their decisions are linked to the education sector, "where every child has an equal opportunity to realize his/her potential so as to contribute his/her quota to the development of the economy".
The graudans, she said, have been imbibed with the necessary tools and skills to manage challenges that will come their way as they go out to face the world.
In his report, the Headmaster of Crown Prince Academy, Joseph Appiah Addo, announced that the school placed 8th out of 331 private schools in the 2012 Basic Education Certificate Examinations.
He maintained that the cardinal principle of the school is to prepare their pupils to cope and excel with work at the second cycle institution onward to the tertiary level.
"This school sincerely believes that the teacher must inspire the student to perform to the best of his/her ability; school management must show leadership by motivating the teacher and making available resources needed to promote the teaching/learning regime; the parent must instill a thirst for learning in the student, and finally the student must bear the responsibility of concentrating on his/her books so as to excel."
Mr Appiah Addo also called for a national orientation, where Ghanaians will see the country first in whatever they do.
"The child at home should be able to trust the parents, the worker should be able to trust the employers and the citizenry should be able to trust the politicians. That would be the way forward."
The chief executive of Ghana Chamber of Mines, Dr Tony Aubynn, also called on Ghanaians to direct their attention at the rampant cases of incest in society, which he said are causing children to lose confidence in parents and the elderly.
He also cautioned the nation against behaving like an ostrich towards what he described as parents "misdemeanor and misdeeds" in society.
He said many have taken advantage of the innocence of children and the trust they have in their parents and the elderly in general, to sexually abuse them.
87 pupils graduated on Saturday brining to 859 the number of students who have passed through the school since 2004. The school was established in August 1993.
Edudze Dake was adjudged the overall best pupil among his year group.