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Most Rev Osei-Bonsu to speak on free SHS, quality education at launch of 'BIHECO @65'

Spokesperson for the Bishops’ Conference on Education, Most Reverend Joseph Osei-Bonsu, is set to deliver a lecture on quality education at an event to launch the 65th-anniversary celebrations of Bishop Herman College.

The event, which will be held on Tuesday, August 22 at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra, is expected to provoke public debate and help shape government policy towards the implementation of the much talked about Free SHS policy.

Most Reverend Osei-Bonsu, immediate past President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference and currently, the Catholic Bishop of the Konongo Diocese in the Ashanti Region.

He is well-known for his frankness on public issues and he is expected to touch on key areas which will inform policy on education. He was one time Head of the Department for the Study of Religions at the University of Ghana. “We invited the Most Reverend Osei-Bonsu because of his depth of knowledge and passion about the subject”, Prof. Sallar indicated. He added that others with expertise in the area will be present at the public lecture to contribute to the discussion.

Bishop Herman College is the oldest Catholic second cycle institution in the Volta Region and noted for its high and consistent academic performance as well as discipline.

The College has produced many eminent people and its Old boys have chosen to launch the 65th anniversary with a national discourse on the direction of education in the country.

The President of the Bishop Herman Old Boys Union (BHOBU), Prof. Anthony Sallar, explained that as beneficiaries of quality education over the past six and a half decades, the Oldboys found it appropriate to create a platform to share ideas on how the country’s human capital development at that level should be approached.

This, he noted was critical to ensure that the current and next generations will also benefit from the quality education the old boys enjoyed. He said the issue of quality education was even more important as the government seeks to commence its Free SHS policy.

Prof. Sallar added that “it appears that the nation looks on, albeit with trepidation, at increasing secularization of the nation’s religious educational schools at the Junior and Senior High School level. This has not only led to the loss of religious authority in the administration of religious institutions but also the loss of religious education in these schools”. 

He stated further that “we have had hue and cry about falling standards from university dons and employers about the unpreparedness of the past decades”.

Prof. Sallar encouraged Oldboys of Bishop Herman College and the general public to attend to contribute their knowledge in shaping education in Ghana

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