Dr. John Gatsi, a Lecturer at the School of Business, University of Cape Coast (UCC), has entreated basic school heads, to ensure that teachers fully take their pupils through subjects as specified by the syllabuses.
Dr. Gatsi, was addressing the launch of the 80th Anniversary of the A.M.E Zion Basic School at Fiaxor in the Keta Municipality.
He said some teachers, knowing parents in their areas, were not too familiar with what was expected of them, only scratched surfaces of subjects.
“A community with uncommitted teachers and poorly-oriented children who do not know the role of education in their future, cannot foster quality education,” he said.
Dr. Gatsi said incessant bad performance at the BECE level in communities only meant fewer resourceful persons would be produced there.
“Let us see quality education as the fruit of stakeholder concern and contribution, including teacher commitment, appreciation of content, PTA and community commitment,” he stressed.
The lecturer advised parents in fishing and farming communities to see education for their children as strategic investment to keep their businesses above the bottom-line.
Dr. Gatsi asked communities to show commitment to the welfare of their schools, with individuals intermingling with the pupils as role models to urge them on.
He said communities with no reliable role models bred laziness and bad learning culture, and such areas did not experience quality education.
“Be interested in general discipline, motivate teachers and children, and occasionally reward children for good results.
“I will urge chiefs and Assembly members, to among others, demonstrate personal commitment to the school,” Dr Gatsi stated.
He said indisciplined teachers, disrespectful children, and frosty parent-teacher ties, would not create the right environment for teaching and learning.
Dr Gatsi said Education, was to transform people to be suitable for generic and specific tasks in contributing to national development.
Mr. Lugard Ayanu, Headmaster, lauded teacher and community commitment towards high standards in the school, which he said had first positions in many sporting contests in the area.
He said the school had an enrolment of 175 pupils, and that its first BECE candidates would be sitting for the examinations in 2016.
Mr Ayanu said parental apathy and delayed logistics were major hurdles.
Deserving staff and pupils were awarded.