Mr. Eric Sedinam Kutortse, the Executive Chairman of the First Sky Group, has emphasized the need for the development of a national education policy in Ghana to establish an effective human resource base for the nation.
Speaking at the 70th Anniversary celebration of Kpando Secondary School (KPASEC), Mr Kutortse urged stakeholders to create a policy that transcends political affiliations.
He stated, “The policy should be such that no matter the political party in power, it would be strictly adhered to.”
Mr. Kutortse warned against basing the country's education on political party manifestos and campaign promises, emphasizing that it could impede the quality of education.
Governments, according to Mr. Kutortse, must prioritize education through infrastructure development, adequate funding, and the formulation of effective policies, ensuring access to quality education for all children, regardless of socio-economic backgrounds.
He emphasized that education should be a collective effort involving teachers, parents, and the community.
“The role of teachers in attaining quality and inclusive education to empower all learners cannot be over-emphasized,” he said, encouraging parents to create conducive home environments for learning.
Mr Kutortse also called on communities to support and value education as a collective investment in the future, monitoring students both in and out of the school environment for their well-being.
Addressing students, Mr. Kutortse urged them to actively participate in their learning, be curious, ask critical questions, and seek knowledge beyond the classroom.
He rallied the support of the school's alumni for the upcoming 75th Anniversary, pledging a seed fund of GH¢1,000,000 for landmark infrastructural development.
He further encouraged past students to contribute GH¢100 quarterly to the Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Infrastructure Endowment Fund.
Mr. Kutortse commended the Ministry of Education's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) project and expressed the First Sky Group's willingness to partner with the government to ensure KPASEC benefits from the initiative.
Founded on January 26, 1953, KPASEC has produced notable individuals in various fields.
Okpekpewuokpe Akpinifia Dagadu IX, Paramount Chief of Kpando Traditional Area, stressed that quality education extends beyond textbooks and examinations, encompassing holistic student development and preparation for responsible citizenship.
He called on all to pledge unwavering support for providing the best education for future generations.