[ 2012-05-27 ]
Renowned industrialist kicks against politicising education
An industrialist, Mr Kwaku Appiah Menkah, has
underscored the need for stakeholders to refrain
from politicising issues relating to education in
Polarising such issues, he said, was detrimental
to national development since this was dependent
on the quality of education given the youth.
He was speaking at a press briefing preceding the
75th anniversary celebration of the Abuakwa State
College (ABUSCO), in Accra Thursday.
ABUSCO was established by a traditional ruler of
the Akim-Abuakwa State, Nana Sir Ofori-Atta I in
1937, to serve the educational needs of the
people, but has grown to serve the needs of the
The anniversary to be held on the theme:
“Positioning the Educational Vision of Our
Forefathers in the Emerging Age of Technology”, is
to be held between October 11 and 13, this year.
As part of preparations towards the celebration,
activities including health screening, anniversary
lectures, durbar and sporting activities would be
held to bring together old students of the
Mr Appiah Menkah, who is one of the pioneers of
the school, said the values of growth and
development were gradually disappearing while
partisan political polarisation of important
national issues, corruption and tribalism were
creeping into the society.
He expressed dissatisfaction at the constant
change in duration of the senior high school
system, saying that if education was prioritised,
adequate investments would be made in that
“The future of this country depends on the type of
education we model for our future,” he added.
Recounting the vision of the founders of ABUSCO —
to educate the people to take part in the
administration of the country at the time, he
suggested that such vision be redirected to answer
the challenges of current times.
Mr Appiah Menkah advocated the restructuring of
the educational system to suit modern times in
order to raise problem-solving youth to facilitate
effective roles of the youth in Africa’s
“We already let the industrial revolution pass us
by; we cannot let the technological age also go
by. It’s either we join the global village of the
information age or be left behind”, he said.
Source - Daily Graphic
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