Somanya, Ghana – The Somanya Methodist Junior High School recently celebrated its second graduation speech and prize-giving day, centred around the theme “Preparing for changing work environments, leaving no learner behind.”
In a remarkable ceremony, 29 out of the total 140 graduates were recognized with awards, while 16 teachers were presented with certificates of appreciation.
Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, former Deputy Minister of Education and Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency, delivered an impactful speech advocating for the effective decentralization of Ghana's education system.
He emphasized the vital role of interconnections and connectivity in the success of education, stating, “As a nation, we must start investigating education decentralization. If our local government ministry and ministry of education decentralize, empower our teachers and provide resources at the district level, we can have good outcomes.”
Mr. Ablakwa stressed the benefits of decentralization, particularly at the district level, asserting that it would allow districts to discuss their plans and budgets, thereby showcasing their achievements.
He called for a transformation in the current education system, emphasizing the need to move beyond mere rhetoric regarding decentralization.
Furthermore, Mr. Ablakwa revealed that Mr. Kwamena Ahwoi was spearheading comprehensive blueprints aimed at achieving full decentralization of education and health services.
He urged a reconsideration of the plan for complete decentralization of the education and health sectors, emphasizing that the present situation offered an opportune moment for such a move.
Mr. Ablakwa also called for a harmonious relationship between the Ghana Education Service and religious bodies that assist in operating schools to enhance the education system.
He encouraged the graduating students to exercise self-control and take their studies seriously as they advance in their academic careers.
Mr. Albert Nyarkotey, the Member of Parliament for Yilo Krobo, underscored the importance of education as the foundation of the future and a shared commitment to making education accessible to all in Yilo Krobo.
Ms. Believe Ama Amoah, the Somanya Methodist JHS principal, highlighted the school's achievements during her tenure, including improved results in the Basic Education Certificate Examination.
She also noted that the school had been recognized as the first runner-up in a plastic waste management initiative and in quiz contests at the circuit and regional levels.
Despite these successes, Ms. Amoah acknowledged challenges such as the lack of a fence wall, absenteeism, truancy, and some parents failing to provide basic needs for their children. She appealed to the government to provide teaching and learning materials like textbooks to enhance effective teaching and learning.
Ms. Amoah also urged parents to monitor and supervise their children's studies at home and sought support from philanthropists and non-governmental organizations to secure the school premises.
Reporting by Kamal Ahmed. Editing by Mariam Aminu.