THE immediate past Anglican Bishop of the Sunyani Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Thomas Ampah Brient, has said management and teachers of senior high schools (SHSs) in the country must not only concentrate on the academic performance of their students but also on their moral upbringing.
He said formal education should focus on the total development of the students in all spheres of their lives to enable them to grow to become responsible citizens of the country.
Rt. Rev. Brient said this at the handover ceremony of a 45-seater bus valued at GH¢20,000 donated to the Yamfo Anglican SHS in the Tano North District in the Brong Ahafo Region by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).
The bus was purchased from monies raised from the levy of GH¢20 paid by each parent.
Rt. Rev. Brient blamed the high moral decadence in our second cycle schools and among the youth on the neglect of character-building in schools and also by parents who had shirked their responsibilities towards their children.
"As much as we want to produce students who are academically good we must also help to mould them into upright and responsible adults who would contribute their quota towards the socio-economic development of the country," he emphasised.
Rt. Rev. Brient bemoaned the skin bleaching spree embarked on by some female students in SHSs and called on school authorities to educate their students on its harmful effects.
The school’s PTA Chairman, Mr Peter Adjei, said the bus was meant to enhance academic work and social activities such as field trips.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr George Kojo Abiw-Abaidoo, thanked the PTA for the gesture and emphasised that it would go a long way to enhance academic work in the school.