The Managing Editor of THE INQUIRER Newspaper, Mr. Philip N. Wesseh, has called on community dwellers to stop overlooking schools in their communities in educating their children.
Mr. Wesseh said he has observed and continues to observe how some parents harbor the notion that schools in communities are sub-standard, for which these parents undergo difficulties to have their children attend schools in the city-center.
Speaking on Sunday at the graduation and closing program of the Peaceful Baptist Elementary & Junior High School Church in Battery Factory, Mr. Wesseh said such a notion is wrong because there are schools in the communities that are up to standard, as compared to schools in the city.
“I say this because I am a living witness. I attended schools in my community schools in the Borough of Kru Town before entering university in the city. If they had had a university in that town, I would have attended it,” Mr. Wesseh said.
The INQUIRER boss who expressed satisfaction over the performance of the students during the Sunday’s ceremony, said that was a clear indication of how schools in the communities are of strong academic value or standard, as compared to schools in the city.
Moved by the splendid performance of the students, Mr. Wesseh promised to work along with the school to have the closing program televised for the public to see and be convinced that some schools in the locales are up to the task.
“From what I have seen today, I am convinced of the sound academic programs of schools in the communities,” he said.
On the topic, “The Role of Parents In The Educational Pursuit of Their Children,” Mr. Wesseh urged parents to always consider the education of their children with high priority. He told them to instill discipline in them at the early age and avoid negative acts in the presence of their children.
Mr. Wesseh, also a part time teacher at the United Methodist University, called on the parents to always check on the performance of their children and also be active members of the Parents Teachers Association of the school.
Mr. Wesseh who was impressed with the news presentation by the school’s press club, who himself started journalism as a member of the D. Twe High School Press Club in the late 70’s, awarded the five presenters a one-year scholarship for the next academic year. They recipients are Elizabeth Nagbe, Amie Davies, Anthony Cooper, Helen Togba and Korto Sumo.
Mr. Wesseh also awarded a one-year scholarship to the dux, Melvina Harris and also to a graduate, Mohammed Varney for their eloquence during the occasion.
Meanwhile, Mr. Wesseh has commended the administration of the school headed by Rev. Napoleon Brathwaite III and Rev. Jerry Weagbe for the level of discipline and high academic standard at the school, as exhibited by the students.