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The Minister for Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has reiterated her call for parents to play active roles in the welfare of their children in school.

She maintained that the Government on its part, will continue to provide access for all children of school going age and ensure quality education at all levels.

She was speaking at the 90th Anniversary Celebration and Speech and Prize-Giving Day of Amanful St. Joseph Catholic Boys’ School in Cape Coast in the Central Region.

The Minister noted that the introduction of the “Zero Tolerance for Teacher Absenteeism” has yielded results, saying the absenteeism rate has come down significantly from 27% to 11%.

She, however, said since the target remains to be zero, the Ministry will continue to pursue it. She also urged teachers to contribute their best to ensure that the needed serene atmosphere is created for teaching and learning to take place.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang also presented some computers, exercise books, textbooks and other items to the school.

She commended the Catholic Church for the critical role it plays in the provision of education in the country and urged them to do more.


In a speech read on his behalf, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Prof. D. D. Kuupole, entreated teachers and students to create and maintain the attitude of treating the environment with the needed respect since every human being depends on the environment to survive.

The Headmistress of the School, Mrs. Prudence Amissah-Arthur, said despite several challenges, the school has recorded numerous successes in both academic and co-curricular activities.

The Theme for the celebration was “Caring for ourselves, others and the Environment”.

Special awards were presented to pupils for outstanding academic performance, past students, teachers and retired Heads of the School.

Also in attendance were the Central Regional Minister, Mr. Acquinas Quansah, MP for Cape Coast South, Mr. Kweku Ricketts Hagan, the Municipal Chief Executive, Mrs. Priscilla Arhin, among others.


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