The Kumasi Metropolitan Director of Education, David Oppong, has advised the governing board of senior high schools (SHS) not to take over the day to day administration of the schools but to allow the head teachers the free hand to work.
He said even though the board of directors were to help formulate policies and guide the management of the schools, they should “allow the headmasters the free hand to implement the policies and manage the schools.”

He also urged the head teachers to always consult the board on all decisions so as not to create any problems for themselves and the board and also create animosity between the management of the schools and board of directors.


Mr Oppong who also has oversight responsibilities for the Ashanti Regional Directorate of Education, gave the advice during the inauguration of the first board of directors for Osei Adutwum SHS at Jachie in the Bosomtwe District in the Ashanti Region.

He said per the regulations of the Ghana Education Service (GES), every SHSs was expected to have a governing board to assist the management of the schools to administer the school.

However, he said since the then Lakeview SHS owned by the current Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, was absorbed into the public sector four years ago, it had been able to have a functional board to advise management of the school.

Consequently, he said with the inauguration of the board, the management of the school would have to cede some of the roles it took in the past to the board and allow the board to direct them to ensure that the school was well managed to live up to the expectation.

The Chairman of the board of directors of the school, Nana Wireku Ampem Opoku, said the board had a very huge task ahead of ensuring that the school maintained its standard in education and also improved on the infrastructure of the school.

Already, he said the school had a challenge with a dormitory for girls and said there was the need to build one in the very near future to accommodate the increasing number of girls in the school.

Source: graphiconline


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