The Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has urged the Heads of schools with a consistent 0-10 percent pass rate to put together intervention programmes in order to make students who pass through such schools find opportunities for further studies instead of becoming a burden on society and their parents as a result of their inability to pass their exams.
The Education Minister was speaking in the Ashanti Regional Capital, Kumasi, with the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institutions at a meeting.
He cautioned the CHASS and Principals of TVET institutions of such schools, to improve the standards of the schools or risk having them shut down.
According to the Minister, closing down the schools, will save government from incurring huge losses with the existence of such schools.
He explained that, the students who will be affected by the closure of such schools will be reallocated to schools nearby to enable them continue their education.
The Minister also commended the heads of schools for their various roles in helping transform education in the country, while encouraging them to work hard to ensure the right results are achieved.
He further cautioned the heads of schools against preventing first year students from beginning their studies due to their inability to procure all items on their prospectus.
“There is no way any student should be turned away from school because the parents have not been able to procure some items on the school’s prospectus.
“At least, let them come to the school and the rest could be procured with some time,” the Minister warned.
The purpose of the meeting, which is held annually was to discuss the current state of the country’s educational system, new developments in the country’s educational system and the issues affecting them.
The CHASS attended their meeting with the Minister, on Saturday, 11 March 2022, while the Heads of the TVET institutions held theirs on Sunday, 12 March 2023.