The Presbyterian Church of Ghana has donated a set of computers and accessories to its educational institutions to enhance teaching and learning of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The computers were presented to the schools by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana Rt. Rev. Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante assisted Rev Dr. Godwin Nii Noi Odonkor, Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCG at the just ended 3rd Educational Consultation for head of Presbyterian Educational Institutions at Teiman near Abokobi in Accra.
The beneficial institutions included Nsabah Presbyterian Senior High School who received 5, Presbyterian College of Education at Abetifi 5, Agogo Presbyterian College of Education 5, Aburi Presbyterian Women’s College of Education 10, and Presbyterian College of Education Akropong 5.
The Church also presented IPad to heads of all the 33 Senior High Schools of the Church, Principals of all the five Colleges of Education, President of the Presbyterian University College, Ghana and Rector of the Akrofi-Christaller Institute at Akropong Akuapem.
The forum which was organized by the Education Unit of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana brought together all heads of the various Presbyterian educational institutions to review and take stock of work that has been done over the past year.
The meeting also did some brainstorming on ways to improve the quality of education in schools.
Presenting the computers to the schools, Rt. Rev. Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, said the Church would continue to support its educational institutions with the needed resource.
Speaking on behalf of the Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum as the special guest of honor, the Deputy Minister of Education Rev. John Ntim Fordjour is urged educational stakeholders to help ensure students who go through the academic system are imbibed with 21st-century skills and essential moral values.
He says conscious efforts must be made to ensure students who go through the educational system walk away with not just skills that meet the demands of this new age, but also have moral values that the entire society will be proud of.
The Deputy Minister said government is rolling out an Education Strategic Plan to transform the country’s education.
He said key to the plan is increasing the population of students who pursue science focused from the current 40% to 60% by 2030.
The plan will also expand access to tertiary education (Gross Tertiary Enrollment Ratio) from the current 18.8% to 40%.
He is confident this will adequately equip Ghanaian youth for the new jobs that will dominate the world in the 21st Century.
The Deputy Minister noted that “to position our workforce competitive for the world of work and to be equipped to solve some of the world’s complex problem, there is an urgent need for a strategic shift.”
He says the government is committed to championing these transformations and called on other stakeholders to support it.
The Deputy Minister commended the Presbyterian Church of Ghana on its contributions to educational development in the country over the years.
The ViCe Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, in a speech urged the Presbyterian Church to be bold and privatize its schools if it really wants to instill values of the Church in its students.
In the view of Prof. Owusu, who is a member of the Church, the core values upon which all of its schools were founded was gradually fading away, and warned that the principles of the church might not be upheld in future.
The Moderator on his part said the church was very much concerned about the moral development of children in its schools.
He, however, indicated that the issue of ensuring morale value could not be done alone by the Presbyterian Church, but would require society at large to agree on building an environment that would encourage the acceptance of essential moral and social values.
“We are not happy about how individuals these days are interpreting personal and human freedoms. The very important discipline that every nation needs is moral education and that’s why we think that good education should be done in an environment of serious moral values,” he said.
The former Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Justice Sophia Akuffo, who is also the Chairperson of the Governing Council of the Presbyterian University College, Ghana also attended the meeting.
The five day stakeholder Consultation on Higher Education brought together heads of all Senior High Schools, Colleges of Education, Presbyterian University College, Ghana and Akrofi Christaller Institute dubbed ‘the Moderator’s Consultation on Education’ in Accra from Monday 5th to Friday 9th July 2021. The five-day meeting was under the theme “Our Schools, Our Heritage and a Changing World”
Rev George Larbi
Public Relations Officer
Presbyterian Church of Ghana