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Minister marks my first day at school in Tamale


The Minister for Education, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman, has advised teachers and school administrators to create conducive learning atmosphere to encourage pupils to attend school.

She observed that many pupils were reluctant to go to school due to some fears they attached to the school environment. 

"Your main job as a teacher is to make your children happy to stay in school", she stated.My first day at school

Prof. Opoku-Agyeman gave the advice when she visited some schools in Tamale in the Northern Region to mark this year's "My first day at school".

She explained that many children, after their first day in school, felt uneasy coming back to the learning facility because of how school authorities and teachers  handled them.


To help address the situation, the minister directed teachers to engage pupils in activities that would encourage them to come to school regularly. 

She suggested the use of local languages at the nursery and lower primary levels as some of the measures that could be employed to inspire children to stay in school. 

"We don't want parents to be struggling to bring their children to school simply because the children fear to come to school", Prof Opoku-Agyeman said.

Pupils given learning materials 

The minister was accompanied by the Deputy Northern Regional Minister,  Alhajic A. B Fuseinit, the Acting Director General of the Ghana Education Service Education (GES), Mr Jacob Kor, and some officials from GES in the Northern Region . Their first port of call was the Barwah Barracks Basic School where she interacted with the children. 

The pupils were presented biscuits, chocolates, erasers, and some earning materials.

Prof. Opoku-Agyeman and her team also visited Kamina and Dahi Sheili basic schools all in Tamale. 


In an interview with the Daily Graphic after her tour, she expressed appreciation of the way the teachers were handling the first timers.

"I am very impressed about the way you are teaching the children here", the minister stated.

Prof Opoku-Agyeman, however, advised the teachers to be more innovative in teaching the children, especially  at the creche and lower primary levels.

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The Minister for Education, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman, has visited some basic schools in the Northern Region to mark this year's "My first day at school".

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