Swedru Central Royal Montessori School gets ICT laboratory

Agona Swedru (C/R)� A newly constructed ultra-Modern Information and Communication Technology (ICT) laboratory has been inaugurated for the Central Royal Montessori Preparatory School at Agona Swedru in the Central Region.

The project was financed by the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of the school and was estimated at the cost of GH 18, 000 to enhance effective teaching and learning of the ICT by the students.

The facility had been furnished with 30 computers and accessories with internet connectivity.

The inauguration also coincided with the maiden graduation ceremony of the school, which was established in 2010.

It was on the theme: Enhancing Quality Education through Discipline and Technology.

Mrs Helen Bettey Essel, the Agona West Municipal Director of Education in a speech read on her behalf by Mrs Jane Sabina Obeng, the Central Regional Director of Education, praised the PTA, the management and teachers of the school for their cooperation and unity, which had helped in quality teaching and learning.

Mrs Essel said: It is good you did not compromise on discipline, which is the bedrock of the development of all sectors of the economy.

She said the system of education bequeathed by the colonial masters, the British, seemed in those days to respond appropriately in the societal demands of the country.

Over the years, this Eurocentric education, trained people for white-collar jobs and had great support and following up to the 50s and 60s did not help graduates to deal with problems affecting their lives, she said.

She said the graduate of the school system realised that white-collar jobs for which they had been prepared were no more available or easy to come by, and they became dissatisfied.

We need a new paradigm shift where education is seen as a business enterprise, which requires massive financial input and the participation of all, not forgetting good moral values to be instilled in our students for them to become disciplined in all spheres of their lives, Mrs Essel added.

She said there was the need for students to be abreast with current technological trends to improve their education since ICT has made the world become a global village.

Mrs Mercy Awo Otabil, the Proprietress of the Central Royal Montessori School, said the school started with five pupils, eight teachers and non-teaching staffs in 2010.

She said through hard work, commitment, dedication, good managerial skills and good results have helped the school to increase its students’ population to 700 with 38 teachers and 23 non-teaching staff.

Mrs Otabil said the school scored 100 per cent in its maiden 2018 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and all candidates had gained admission into Senior High Schools in the Central and other regions.

She said the school in its bid to pave way for more enrolment, was constructing a two-storey 18-classroom block and was estimated to run into millions of Ghana cedis.

The Proprietress appealed to the government for that matter the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to support private schools with the needed basic teaching and learning materials to complement education delivery in the country.

Mrs Otabil called on the government to give attention to the call by the Ghana Private Schools Association for their involvement in decision- making in education and discard the wrong notion that the private educational institutions were doing business.

She expressed gratitude to the PTA for the provision of the ICT laboratory, which she said would go a long way to help the students to be abreast with technological advancement.

Mr Yaw Danso-Ansah, the Chairman of the PTA of the Central Royal Montessori School said the provision of the ICT became dear to the heart of the members to assist the children become computer literates to enable them to compete with the global world.

He assured the management of the school of their continuous support to the school and to also motivate the teachers to put in their best and provide quality teaching and learning.

Prizes were given to deserving pupils and students, who performed creditably in the 2018 BECE and class work.

Source: Ghana News Agency