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Minister opens 2015 CHASS Conference


Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, the Minister for Education, has assured the leadership and members of Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) of government’s determination to ensure high efficiency, effectiveness and quality in management of schools in the country.

Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, who opened the 53rd Conference of CHASS in Tamale, promised to address the concerns of the feeding grants and the absorbed fees that had been in arrears, noting that it was as a result of the financial challenges affecting the country.

She said as part of introducing innovations into teaching, government has in the past few years embarked on major institutional refresher training for teachers especially those teaching mathematics and science with the hope of improving the performances of students and entreated the heads of the various schools to monitor those teachers for improved performances.

She indicated that because of the high levels of indiscipline in the country’s schools, teenage pregnancy was increasing at an alarming rate and warned teachers who might be perpetrators to such acts to desist before the law dealt with them ruthlessly.

“I recommend swift and fair application of sanctions for such teachers”, she warned.

She said “do not compromise teacher-student relations which will go a long way to break down discipline”.

Prof. Agyemang bemoaned the alarming rate of examination leakages in the country and appealed to parents not to indulge in any examination malpractices saying, “I will not hesitate to recommend cancelation of any exams that is leaked”.

Mrs Cecilia Kwakye Cofie, National President of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) has appealed to the government to release the two terms feeding grants for schools in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions to enable academic work to progress smoothly.    

She said the practice where issues of educational institutions were debated in the media created opportunity for parents and students to lambast head teachers, which makes the public to ridicule them and appealed to the media to be circumspect in discussing educational issues.

The 53rd annual conference, under the theme, “Mitigating the challenges of school administration today-the role stakeholders” is being attended by over 560 heads of second-cycle institutions across the country to review modalities of administering their schools for quality education.

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