The Board Chairman for Sekyere Rural Bank, Mr. Francis Denteh has called on the government and other stakeholders in education to recognize and appreciate the great efforts put up by Ghanaian teachers.
Mr. Francis Denteh saluted teachers in giving true meaning to the lives of the nation’s population, particularly the youth when he was speaking as the Guest Speaker during the Golden Jubilee celebration of Adu Gyamfi Senior High School at Jamasi over the weekend.
Speaking on the theme: “Academic Excellence and Holistic Development in Retrospect, the way forward,” he said it is not in dispute that the success or otherwise of any educational enterprise is predicated basically on the efforts of teachers.
He said that, teachers’ high level of sacrifice, selflessness, dedication and sense of responsibility are always critical, on daily basis for attainment of high academic prowess and enviable discipline.
However, he reiterated that the good efforts of these teachers often go unrecognized and uncompensated for, in our part of the world. “Effort by the Nation’s leadership to recognize the difficult work of teachers, and accordingly reward them here on earth, before the other reward in heaven would be well appreciated.”
He encouraged teachers to up their game, and make sure they do not impart only knowledge, but also imparts the requisite skills and good values in the youth, in order to build the needed human capital which can stand the test of current and future challenging world that we live in.
“We need youth who are built with the skills that will drive and facilitate the needed innovation and economic growth our country so much desires.”He urged them to constantly prepare and update their skills and their lessons notes with modernity, and teach the students efficiently with the care and discipline required to meet the needs of today’s world.
Mr. Francis Denteh, who is also the Board Chairman of Sekyere Rural Bank acknowledged the contributions made by educational administrators and non- teaching staff of ADGASS. He also encouraged them to critically re-examine their efforts, and try to integrate modernity in their leadership and administrative approach towards stimulating the needed co-operation and Progress of the school.
“As administrators, trainers, counselors, resource persons, field workers, curriculum research staff, your contribution towards this school’s success story today cannot be overlooked,” he added.
Sadly, Mr. Denteh admitted that many people have erroneously marginalized or belittled the great contributions of the non- teaching staff, in helping to deliver discipline and academic progress in different but equally important ways.
"See yourself like that NASA Cleaner who affirmed to all and sundry who dared to ask him why he was always serious with his work, but said ‘I am working hard to put man on the moon’ ” the Sekyere Rural Bank Board chairman encouraged the non- teaching staff.
To the Governors of the school, he appealed to them to roll up their sleeves in guiding, controlling and directing the leadership, to help steer the school towards not only the right direction, but also with dignity and respect, since the school and its students face diverse competitions from their peers in other schools.
Mr. Denteh urged parents and guardians of the school to respond positively towards their numerous obligations in the training and development of their wards.
He urged the students to match the conducive environment they enjoy with an even better academic performance and a heightened discipline as they prepare to face more challenging world. “Seize the opportunities that have come your way. Challenge yourself, and make significant strides in life, beginning from today, for time and tides wait for no man,” he said.
Mr. Francis Denteh pleaded with the traditional council and the people of Jamasi and its environs to be on the watch against bad practices of students outside the school premises, particularly their addiction to substance abuse and other forms of immoralities.
Mr. Denteh who is also an old student of Adu Gyamfi Senior School, said his alma mater has contributed immensely towards the training of the nation’s required manpower, through the delivery of sound and quality secondary education, intermingled with great discipline, insisting that, countless number were the men and women who have passed through the walls of ADGASS, and were making their mark in all spheres of life, including academia, administration, politics, civil service, engineering, accountancy, law, medicine and many others.