Professor Naana Jane OPoku?Agyemang, Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Coast said drastic mental orientation of leadership is needed to manage effectively the complex challenges in high schools.

The vice chancellor stated this in a speech read on her ?at the annual meeting of the Conference o of Assisted Secondary Schools which coincided with its 50th anniversary celebration, held in the new lecture theatre? at the ?University of Cape Coast with Osabarima Kwasi Atta IV,the Omanhene of Oguaa traditional area as the chairman.

She explained that particular attention to leadership in senior high schools is important because senior high schools experience the complex behavior and academic challenges that requires effective leadership to address. These challenges ranges from student indiscipline, external interference? to inadequate funding and frequent changes in educational policies such as the three years verses four years debate on the duration of SHS.

A? new type of training for secondary school administrators is required to make the promotion? of learning, the centre of every managerial and administrative decision to properly transform student?s mental, physical and morally to contribute positively in nation building, she added.

Professor Naana urged CHASS to collaborate with the University of Education, Winneba and University of Cape Coast for skill acquisition through leadership training programmes offered in these institutions. She noted that UCC is proud of CHASS and ?concluded with a congratulatory message for the positive impacts of CHASS s, ?on its 50th anniversary celebration and conference.

Mr. ?Samuel Ofori Agyei,the president of CHASS stated that the nation stands the danger of failing in the fight against indiscipline and mediocrity in our future leaders if the heads of SHS are denied of the appropriate support from authorities in the education sector.

He said CHASS is a non political organization and will remain as such hence its disconcerting that the body is accused of? political affiliations when a stand on an educational matter is made.

The President mentioned the need for mutual relations since a? nation?s development relies more on the relationship ?between policy makers and implementers. A minute silence was kept? in honour? of the Late Professor Mill who was an educationist, as ?he acknowledged retired and deceased executives and? members.

In an address delivered? on behalf of the central regional minister,Honorable? Ama? Benyiwa ?Doe ,she noted ?that ?government introduced the single spine salary to reciprocate the hard work of public sector workers in? recognition of the critical role of productivity as a key ingredient in national growth an development. Honorable ?said? educational products must be able to thrive in a competitive ?world ?hence the enormous expansion in educational structures spells out government commitment in education.

Osabarima? Kwasi Atta IV was appreciative of the effort of CHASS in the country and encouraged members to be firm in decisions and strive ?to transform the youth for national development. The chairman? urged CHASS to take a critical look at the duration of second cycle schooling and address the problem once and for all .Certificates, plaques, medals and citations were presented to deserving members of CHASS.



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