Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp, Bishop of Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese and the Episcopal Chairman for education has pleaded with government to give more attention to public basic-school in it’s educational reform agenda, since many of our school going children go through the public schools.
Bishop Kwofie made the call when addressing a durbar held to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Bishop Essuah Memorial Catholic Primary School in Takoradi on 22nd March, 2018. He further admitted that the upsurge of the many private basic schools in the country could be an indication of a general lack of confidence in the public basic schools emanating from a growing decline in their academic performance.
Bishop Kwofie therefore called on “all stakeholders in the provision of education to work hand in hand to restore confidence in the public basic school system starting from the provision of motivated classroom teachers, appointment of selfless and honest administrators and heads and the creation of conducive learning environment.” In addition, public basic schools should be supported with the needed facilities, both logistics and administrative to enable them give quality education to our children.
Rev. Mrs. Elizabeth A.S. Akouko, Metro Director of Education, Sekondi-Takoradi also appealed passionate-ly to all stakeholders in education, parents, old students and philanthropists to complement government efforts by contributing their quota towards education in the school.
The theme for the diamond jubilee was “Celebrating 75 Years of Contributing to National Human Re-source Development.” The School was established in 1942 as St. Joseph Catholic Primary School, with Mr. John R. Mills as the first head teacher. But the name was later changed to Bishop Essuah Primary in hon-our of the first bishop of the diocese. Currently, the school has three streams with a population of 800 pupils and 22 teachers.