July 17, 2019 11:28 am

The 2019 SUMMER CAMP of the Forum of Heads of Girl’s Senior High Schools (FOHGHS) has been held at the Aburi Girls’ Senior High School under the theme ‘The Free Senior High School Policy and the Education of the Girl Child’.  

FOHGSHS was formed to address peculiar problems pertaining to Girls’ Education in the Senior High Schools by Twenty Six (26) Heads of Girls’ Senior High Schools on July 14th, 2007.

The President of FOHGSHS, Ms. Sylvia Isabella Laryea who is also the headmistress of Methodist Girls’ SHS in her address said this year’s summer camp brought about Forty Two (42) Girls’ Senior High Schools from all the Sixteen (16) Regions of the country with 10 students from each school to participate in the camp. In all 420 girls would discuss best practices, share their success stories, identify challenges and deliberate the way forward.

She said the forum is also expected to encourage girls to create their own future by taking advantage of opportunities meant to develop them as responsible citizens and the theme for the occasion will throw more light on the many opportunities that can be derived from the policy.

According to the President of FOHGSHS, by sharing their experiences with the girls back in their schools there will be no limit to the areas where they can leverage knowledge, energies and creativity of the youth.    

The Deputy Minister for Education in charge of SHS/TVET, Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has called on Teachers to create a safe environment for their students so they can get closer to them to enable the teachers gather ideas from them. He also cautioned heads who are fond of transferring their subordinates because they are not in agreement with to desist from such acts.

He also mentioned that government is putting in place measures for more infrastructures in the various schools to help eliminate the issues of ‘double track system’ and enhance education in the various schools. According to him a number of schools are on track to becoming a ‘single track school’ and that due to the timely intervention by government and the Ghana Education Service, a lot of students would have been at home.

The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection was the chairperson for the occasion has called on students to make the best choice of friends and look out for the best ones who can assist them in areas they fall short academically. She also asked them to avoid early pregnancy whilst they are not yet married and wait for the right time and make the best out of the opportunities available to them whilst they are in school.

In an interview with the Minister she said this initiative by the various Girls’ Schools is a laudable one and she will be glad if the men will also have a similar association so they can together to brainstorm on issues that will seek to address the student’s concerns. She also mentioned that due to the free education being offered by Government the level of school dropout has also minimized drastically.

Source: Felicia Yemoley Buabeng (MoGCSP)

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