Inadequate infrastructure and logistics in public basic schools are contributing to poor performance outcomes in such schools, S.Y Mensah, former Dean of the School of Science at the University of Cape Coast, has said.
He said although public schools can boast of well trained and qualified teachers, lack of basic infrastructure contributes to the poor performance of both teachers and pupils.
At a durbar to climax the 70th anniversary celebration of the Konongo-Odumasi Senior High School, Mensah called on the government and other key stakeholders in education to pay serious attention to infrastructural development to help improve academic performance in public basic schools.
The celebration was on the theme, “enhancing quality education for national development under the free SHS policy” and was organised by the old students’ association of the school.
Mensah commended the school for raising high profile personalities who are contributing in diverse ways to national development.
Ntim Fordjour, the deputy minister of education, said the government is committed to improving quality education delivery in the country. That is why it has embarked on infrastructural expansion projects at all levels of education across the country.
He said the massive investment in infrastructure in senior high schools across the country is to ensure that each child has access to secondary education to enable him or her to contribute to the country’s transformation agenda.
Benjamin Kwaku Baah, headmaster of the school, appealed to the government and other stakeholders to come to the aid of the school to construct modern science laboratories to help improve science education in the school.
He said management of the school have strengthened discipline in the school to help curb deviant behaviour among students.