Mr Eric Sedinam Kutortse, the Executive Chairman of the First Sky Group, has called on stakeholders to develop a national policy on the country’s education to help create an effective human resource base for the nation. He said the policy should be such that no matter the political party in power, it would be strictly adhered to. Mr Kutortse was speaking at the 70th Anniversary celebration of the Kpando Secondary School (KPASEC) on Saturday, on the theme: ‘Quality Education: A Collective Responsibility’. Basing the country’s education on political party manifestos and campaign promises would impede the quality of education, he noted. He said governments must prioritise education through infrastructure development and allocation of sufficient funds to the sector, creating effective policies and ensuring access to quality education for all children, irrespective of socio-economic background. Education should not be the sole responsibility of teachers and parents, but a collective, deliberate and active effort from all stakeholders. The role of teachers in attaining quality and inclusive education to empower all learners could not be over-emphasised, while parents created a conducive environment at home for the children to learn. However, the community must also support and value education as a collective investment of its own future and endeavour to monitor students in and out of the school environment to ensure their wellbeing. Mr Kutortse admonished students to play active roles in their learning process, be curious, ask critical questions and seek knowledge beyond the classroom. He rallied the support of the school’s past students to prepare earnestly towards its 75th Anniversary, which should be marked with a landmark infrastructural development. He donated seed money of GHS1,000,000 towards the 75th projects and called on all old students to donate GHS100 each quarterly to the Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Infrastructure Endowment Fund. He lauded the Education Ministry’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) project in schools, and said the First Sky Group was willing to partner with the Government to ensure Kpando Secondary School benefited from the policy. First Sky Group is a wholly owned Ghanaian holding entity comprising subsidiaries with interests in hospitality, construction, insurance, banking and bitumen processing. Okpekpewuokpe Akpinifia Dagadu IX, Paramount Chief of Kpando Traditional Area, noted that quality education transcended textbooks and examinations, encompassing the holistic development of students and preparing them to be responsible citizens. He called on all to pledge their unwavering support to ensure the best education for future generations. ‘Everyone must recommit themselves to the pursuit of quality education since it was their collective responsibility to provide every child with an opportunity to learn, grow and thrive,’ he said. The school was founded on January 26, 1953, and has produced notable statesmen and women in all walks of life. !3Education!4

Source: Ghana News Agency

The JJ Rawlings Foundation and the family Sunday commemorated three years of the passing of former President Jerry John Rawlings, describing his loss as a ‘difficult pill to swallow.’

On Thursday, November 12, 2020, Ghana was shaken by the sudden demise of the former President.

‘The shock and pain of the loss of a husband, father and champion of the masses was very heavy to bear and is indeed still a difficult pill for many to swallow,’ said the Foundation and Family in a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency.

‘Today marks three years of the loss of a man who endeared himself to millions in our country Ghana, our continent Africa, and across the world.’

Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings stood for selflessness and a rare form of candour.

He was a strong man whose approach to leadership had redefined what ‘we ought to espouse as leaders regardless of our fields.’

The former President’s courageous hands-on style of leadership, juxtaposed with his understanding and appreciation of the struggles of
the common man defined his raison d’etre right throughout his life.

As the nation marked the third year of his passing, he would be remembered as ‘a man of the people,’ the statement said.

Former President Rawlings was a soldier’s soldier; a patriot; a fighter for the people, who loved his country deeply.

He remained boldly steadfast in his position on political and social issues that affected Ghana and other countries within the continent.

As President and former President, he never paused in his desire to help the underprivileged or distressed as in the cases of Buruli ulcer in the 1990s and the memorable photograph of him standing knee deep in flood waters at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

‘We cannot forget how one June 4 morning he cut short the celebration to visit the site of the June 3, 2015 disaster also at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle,’ it said.

‘As the JJ Rawlings Foundation and Family, we join all Ghanaians whose lives were impacted by President Jerry John Rawlings to celebrate his memory.’

The state
ment called on Ghanaians to revive the spirit of nationalism and love for country above personal pursuits and political bias.

Former President Rawlings stood for integrity, probity, accountability, equity, transparency and selflessness, it said.

It urged Ghanaians to reflect on his lifetime of dedication to those ideals and embody them in their daily lives.

‘As we celebrate the memory of Chairman Rawlings, we pray that we will unite as a people to lift high the image of our country, pursuing Ghana’s socio-economic revival and development with selflessness and purposeful devotion.’

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