‘Grant Autonomy To Schools’

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Innova DDB Ghana, Mr. E. Nettey, has called on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to grant autonomy to some selected schools in the country as part of a determined effort to improve the overall quality of education in Ghana.

Mr Nettey, who is also the president of the Advertising Association of Ghana, noted that ‘granting autonomy to selected schools will have the overall impact of enhancing the quality of education in all senior high schools across the length and breadth of Ghana.’

According to him, that could ensure that ‘students, children and wards, have a holistic education employing modern technology and whatever else the digital world we live in today requires, to enable them compete on an equal footing with their peers from across the world and become the critical human capital needed to impact positively on our country’s fortunes.’

Mr. Nettey was speaking at the 87 th Speech and Prize-Giving ceremony of Achimota School in Accra at the weekend.

He observed that selected schools that demonstrate the capacity to meet set criteria to ‘manage themselves’ should be granted autonomy, ‘ensuring that there are at least a couple of such schools in each of the 10 regions.’

‘The government and people of Ghana can have ‘equity’ in these autonomous schools in some public-private-partnership arrangement,’ according to the Innova boss.

He added, ‘These autonomous schools will charge fees that allow them to offer competitive remuneration to their staff, attract the best teachers possible and provide adequate and modern infrastructure that ensures that these fee-paying students get an education comparable with the best in all of Africa and at par with their peers in the more developed world.’

To ensure that the expected quality of education that the autonomy would bring did not become the preserve of just a few privileged people, Mr. Nettey asked that among other things, there should be a 20-percent quota reserved in each of these schools for brilliant but needy children from all over the country.

The Achimota School was founded in Accra in 1927 as the Prince of Wales College by the government of the then Gold Coast, with the aim of meeting the educational needs of the people of the then Coast.

BY Melvin Tarlue

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