President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo has said government was open to consultations and inputs from stakeholders with respect to policies and initiatives for improving quality education delivery in the country.
The President in a speech read on his behalf by Mr Joe Ghartey, Minster of Railway Development at the 43rd Speech and Prize Giving Day celebration of the Mfantsipim School, urged stakeholders especially religious institutions and old students to continue to play their roles in ensuring quality education delivery in the country.
"Government has taken note of the support and contribution of Old Boys and other stakeholders in maintaining and expanding facilities in the schools," the President stated.
The celebration was on the theme, "Hen Nanaanom botae pa, quality education and the quest for global competitiveness".
The contribution of the stakeholders over the years demonstrated that the intention of government to partner with oganisations to ensure quality education was a course worth pursuing.
President Akufo Addo lauded the Mfantsipim School for nurturing and producing illustrious sons who had contributed and continue to contribute to the development of the country from the colonial days to the post-independence era.
"In the area of governance, Ghana has always been served by the old boys of the Mfantsipim School. Mfantsipim has always sat on the seat of governance of this country," he added.
The President reiterated his commitment to the continuation of the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme, which he said would together with other policies, unlock the intellectual ability of the youth, engender prosperity for all and put Ghana on a sustainable development path.
He said government was fully aware of the infrastructure deficit in SHS as a result of increase enrolment by the introduction of the free SHS and expressed its resolve to address them accordingly, adding that the nation would become the ultimate beneficiary.
"We have the capacities to design and implement policies that will make it possible for each one of us to use his/her mental abilities, talents, and knowledge to improve themselves," he added.
Speaking on the theme, the guest speaker, Dr Yaw Dankyi Berko, a US based Medical Practitioner underscored the need to improve upon the quality of the public schools education, saying, quality public education was vital to the success of the country's democracy.
He further called on the government to as a matter of urgency address the inequalities in the education sector and create a society of equal education opportunities for every individual to develop his/her abilities and talents.
"Indeed, the destiny of a child should not be solely determined by the parents he or she is born to nor the area where he or she lives, educational opportunities enable individuals to acquire certain knowledge and skills and to cultivate capabilities," he said.
Dr Berlin noted that a World Bank Report in 2018 which stated that 56 percent of Ghana's human capital would go waste in the next eighteen years because of the quality of the country's education must be a wakeup call to education stakeholders in the country.
He said Ghana's survival in the future and its ability to compete in the global economy depended largely on the assets of the quality of education it offered to its youth.
The Headmaster of the School, Mr Manford Barton Odro, said the School recorded 100 percent pass in many of its registered courses at the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The sponsoring year groups (69, 79, 89, 99 and 2009) of the Mfantsipim Old Boys Association (MOBA) inaugurated a number of projects they undertook to commemorate the anniversary which was also in support of the Government's efforts to expand the School.
The projects included a multi-purpose building and a two-storey building for teachers' accommodation.