The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. John Kwao Sackey, has charged parents and teachers of basic schools in the municipality to cooperate and work in the interest of the wellbeing of the children.
The MCE made this appeal when he paid visits to some of the basic schools in the municipality in observance of the “My First Day at School” programme.
“My First Day at School” is observed as part of the educational calendar of basic schools in the country on the day first day of every academic year where officials of welcome newcomers and share in their joy as they commence the path of education.
The Ga East Municipal Assembly, likewise other assemblies, each academic year, observes the event with much importance.
Early Tuesday morning, the MCE, accompanied by the Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Martin Dassah, the Municipal Education Director, Ms Florence Damali, and other officials of the Assembly and the Ghana Education Service (GES), visited some of the school to honour the day.
They visited the Kindergarten (KG) schools of Abokobi Presby, Atomic Hills Montessori Demonstration and Kwabenya Municipal Assembly (MA).
The MCE and his entourage interacted with the new entrants, teachers and parents who had accompanied their wards and distributed various presents including biscuits, fruit drinks and boxes of assorted education materials and play toys among others.
At the Atomic Hills Montessori Demonstration KG, Hon. Sackey made an instant friend with a new entrant whose name was given as “Junior” who had come in but was determined to go back with her mother or she stays with him in the school.
After a period of intense sobbing, the MCE approached him and calmed him down and presented him with his package.
Addressing the children, parents and teachers at the Kwabenya MA Kindergarten, Hon. Sackey noted that often parents bring their wards to school and dump them on the teachers without any further visits to find out the conditions prevailing in the school.
“Most of the time when you are seeking admission for your children, you worry the teachers but when you gain admission for them you turn your backs and don’t respond to their calls for meetings. If you love your child you will pass through once a while and find out how things are going in the school,” the MCE explained.
Hon. Sackey appealed to the teachers to see the children as their own and care for them as their parents would.
“You are professionals and you know how to go about it but you also have the skill to let the parents get involved”, he stressed.
He further advised the teachers to desist from the tendency to charge unapproved fees.
The Municipal Director of Education, Ms Florence Damali, expressed delight for the turnout in the schools visited and urged the teacher to give off their best to ensure that the children are well taken care of and trained in the best possible way to benefit the entire nation.
Officials from the municipal education directorate are expected to continue the visits to the schools today.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman