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first_imgOtago Daily Times 17 November 2017Family First Comment: Superb (and enlightening) comments by a school Principal“The expectations imposed upon us now as a school, to attend to and reverse the ills of our society, are completely unrealistic and they are beyond our resource capability. It seems now, the first questions about the inappropriate text message sent by a school-age person in the weekend, or the under-age young person attending a party that goes wrong, are not ‘what were the parents thinking and what will the parents do about it’? The first questions now are ‘what school does the young person go to and what is the school going to do about it’? And we’ve seen that in the national media this year … I believe it’s not our parent body who thrust these expectations upon us. It’s the media and it’s increasingly a broader societal expectation.”Well said. Give power – and responsibility – back to the parents!A Dunedin school principal is increasingly concerned by the social expectations imposed on schools, and says some parents need to take more responsibility for their children’s actions.During the recent King’s High School senior prizegiving, rector Dan Reddiex praised his present cohort of pupils for their outstanding achievements during the year, but went on to express deep concern about the future of education in New Zealand.He said the school’s ability to educate boys “in mind and in heart” was under threat.“Alarmingly, in my view, we are increasingly becoming as much a social institution as we are an educational one.“The expectations imposed upon us now as a school, to attend to and reverse the ills of our society, are completely unrealistic and they are beyond our resource capability.“It seems now, the first questions about the inappropriate text message sent by a school-age person in the weekend, or the under-age young person attending a party that goes wrong, are not ‘what were the parents thinking and what will the parents do about it’?READ MORE: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/principal-bemoans-threats-schoolslast_img read more

first_imgHead coach of the Black Stars, Charles Kwablan Akonnor has handed fresh call-ups to four players in his first squad announcement.Ahead of Ghana’s double tie against Sudan in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers, C.K Akonnor announced the 23 players who would represent the country in those games.Among the list are four debutants, and a notable return for Mohammed Yahaya of Aduana Stars to the Black Stars.Richard Attah – Accra Hearts of OakSigned from Elmina Sharks, Richard Attah has been a formidable figure for Accra Hearts of Oak.The 24-year-old replaces Asante Kotoko’s Felix Annan after the goalkeeper has seen limited playing time for his club this season after 12 games.Richard Attah has made 10 appearances this season and has conceded just two goals in the last five games for Phobia. He has four clean sheets to his name too.Tariqe Fosu – Brentford24-year-old Tariqe Fosu has been handed his first national team call-up after impressing for English Championship sides Oxford United and Brentford.The midfielder signed for Brentford from Oxford in the January transfer window.He played 25 games for Oxford and scored on eight occasions for the Championship side. After moving to Brentford, he has featured three times but has no goal yet for his new team.Eugene Ansah – Hapoel Ra’ananaPlying his trade in Israel, Eugene Ansah has earned his first call-up to the Black Stars.The forward has featured 25 times for his club side, Hapoel Ra’anana in the Ligat ha’Al. He has scored three goals so far and has picked up the same number of yellow cards this season.Habib Mohammed – Asante KotokoAsante Kotoko’s defender, Habib Mohammed has also been called up to the senior national team after impressing in this season’s Ghana Premier League.The 22-year-old has featured 7 times for the Porcupine Warriors but is yet to find the net, however, he has been a solid player in the heart of defense for Kotoko.last_img read more