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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said it does not pay to run down your own country for parochial or partisan interest, and that it is simply unpatriotic.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said it does not pay to run down your own country for parochial or partisan interest, and that it is simply unpatriotic.

“When we make the wrong choices, we must act to set things right. When those put in charge of running the affairs of state get it wrong, we must have the courage, the humanity and the selflessness to say so. That is our patriotic duty.

“We should also not be seen, at every given opportunity, to be running down our nation merely to realise our narrow, parochial and partisan interest. That is not acceptable patriotism,” he said on Saturday.

The President was speaking at the 109th anniversary celebrations of Adisadel College in Cape Coast.

“My country …”

“My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right,” the President said, quoting the celebrated American orator and senator Carl Schurz.

This, he said, should be the underlining belief of Ghanaians if the nation is to be successful in consolidating a sense of patriotism in citizens and generations yet unborn.

He said the NPP government remains committed to the development of a free and fair society in which all persons, irrespective of economic circumstances and social barriers, are able to access education, acquire skills and contribute effectively to national progress and prosperity.

“We should have the belief that our nation can make its own unique contribution to the growth of world civilisation, and be able to generate prosperity for the masses of its people, building a Ghana Beyond Aid.
“All of us gathered here, and millions out there, inside our borders and outside in the diaspora, share this love for the place where all of us feel completely at home,” he said.

Dream big

The President said that with the huge investments being made in education by the government, “Any young boy from any part of the country who applies himself diligently can, in spite of his circumstance, dream of also becoming a Santa Clausian, and contribute to the growth and development of Adisadel and of our country.”

The President noted that key to the creation of progress and prosperity is the process of industrialisation and value addition.

However, he said, this cannot be achieved with an uneducated population, and this is why the government is sparing no effort to ensure that the Free Senior High School policy succeeds.

“It gladdens my heart that we in Ghana are now able to say that education in the public sector is free from kindergarten to senior high school.
“Ghana is proud to be a part of the nations in the world granting unfettered access to senior high school education to all school-going children, a path that has been trodden by successful nations like the United States of America, Singapore, Finland, Canada, Japan, Korea and Malaysia,” the President said.

He said the introduction of the double-track calendar system is a temporary measure, aimed at ensuring that no student is denied the opportunity to further their education.

New curriculum

A new standards-based curriculum, which has mathematics, science, reading, writing and creativity at the core, will be rolled out from kindergarten to Class Six in primary schools this year. The President said all is also set for the construction of 21 state-of-the-art technical and vocational education training (TVET) centres this year.

President Akufo-Addo described as unnecessary the recent reported misunderstanding between the board and management of Adisadel, on the one hand, and the Ghana Education Service (GES) on the other.

“As the body charged with managing schools, the authority and directives of GES cannot be disregarded, without introducing anarchy into our educational system.
“This recent impasse between the GES and Adisadel should not, and must not, recur. There are more appropriate channels of addressing problems than resorting to open spats in the media,” he said.