MINISTRY OF EDUCATION RECEIVES TEXTBOOKS FROM USAID
The Ministry of Education has received over 3.7 million English teaching and learning textbooks from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The books are part of the Transition to English (T2E) programme of the USAID Partnership for Education Learning Activity and would be distributed to over eleven thousand schools across the country.
The United States of America, Ambassador to Ghana, Ms Virginia Palmer, in handing over the books, stated that the US government remained positive and committed to supporting the government of Ghana to improving early grade reading achievements in English and other official languages.
Ms Palmer indicated that the idea of the learning to read programme was very important because no one can read to learn unless he or she learns to read first.
She said the delivery of the teaching materials was about $5million. However, the entire programme was valued at $96million.
The Ambassador noted that the materials were fully developed in Ghana by Ghanaian Writers and Designers and printed by Buck Press a local printing firm.
The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum stressed on the quality of work undertaken, which he said justified the government’s decision to engage local printing companies to do the printing in Ghana and urged private individuals to also follow suit and print their books locally.
The Minister reiterated governments commitment to developing a seamless education from basic to tertiary in the country.
This, he said included removing all barriers from basic to tertiary to ensure that Ghanaians received the best of educational comparable to the rest of the world. #END#PRUNIT#
FREE SHS POLICY NOT BEING REVIEWED – DIRECTOR-GENERAL GES
The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa has reiterated that the Free Senior High School Policy is not being reviewed by Government.
According to him, any decision to review the policy will emanate from the President.
In a statement dated July 22, 2022, he stated that, “The GES is a government agency and does not formulate or initiate review of policies.”
It was widely reported that Prof. Opoku-Amankwa, in an answer to a question posed by a Journalist on a media platform, said the GES is reviewing the policy to determine how much parents can pay.
In clarifying this, the Director-General said, “For the avoidance of doubt, the GES is not undertaking any review of the FSHS. Any such review of the FSHS Policy is the sole prerogative of the President and the government. As an Agency, the GES implements government policies and programmes in pre-tertiary education.”
Prof. Opoku-Amankwa accentuated that “His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo in his recent speech at UHAS, assured all students, potential students, parents and the entire country that the Free SHS will not be affected by the IMF programme.”
He therefore expressed the resolve of the GES to implement the vision of President Akufo-Addo. “It is the commitment of GES under my leadership to ensure that the vision of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo of providing accessible, equitable and quality Free SHS education is fully implemented to the benefit of the good people of Ghana,” he ended. #END#PRUNIT.
Free SHS will not be cancelled – President Akufo-Addo
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reiterated that the Free Senior High School policy would not be cancelled despite the current economic crisis facing the country.
He stated that the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine invasion on the world economy would not deter the government from providing free quality education at the basic and secondary school levels.
President Akufo-Addo was speaking at a Grand Durbar for the 10th anniversary of the University of Health and Allied Sciences in the Volta Regional capital of Ho.
He indicated that the government has identified education as an “equalizer of opportunities” hence would continue to channel resources into the sector to ensure the effective training of the Ghanaian child.
“I want each of them [children] to look in the mirror every morning and know they can achieve anything they dream of when they complete tertiary”, he said.
The President spoke of ensuring that all Ghanaian children have equal access to quality education, to imbibe in them the requisite qualities to enable them fit into the global village.
He lauded UHAS for the tremendous development 10 years after its establishment, rubbing shoulders with the traditional universities in Ghana and across the globe, and announced that government would make available GhC6.2 million to finance the extension of utilities to the various campuses of the University, which is solely vested in the training of health professionals. #END#PRUNIT.