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Gov’t Undertakes Measures to Curtail Academic Low Performance – Dep. Minister

Ministry of Education.

To reverse the past trend of low performance, especially, in mathematics and science, the Government has under taken a number of initiatives aimed at improving performance, particularly at the Senior High level.

The Government has thus initiated the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP) to increase access to secondary education in underserved districts and improve quality in low performing Senior High Schools.

The Ministry of Education in collaboration with donor partners, is expanding ICT integration in teaching and learning to implement e-Transform and e-Learning in other to transform the communication infrastructure in 200 schools.

The Science Resource Centre Projects will supply modern science equipment, ICT based science facilities, chemicals and the training of science teachers and laboratory technicians to improve teaching and learning in schools.

These were revealed by the Deputy Minister in-charge of Pre-Tertiary, Hon. Alex Kyeremeh at the opening of a training programme for Science and Mathematics teachers, and a leadership and management training for departmental and school heads in low performing schools at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

Mr. Kyeremeh mentioned some of Government interventions as the integration of ICT in the teaching and learning at schools with the development and deployment of content for four core subjects such as mathematics, English, science and integrated science based on the GES syllabus.

The Government, he said, has also introduced staff team building and management training, teaching and learning material supplies and improvement of the school environment.

Mr. Kyeremeh disclosed that about 1,000 teachers would be trained from 125 low performing schools, which would include 250 core mathematics teachers, 125 elective mathematics teachers, 125 physics teachers and 125 chemistry teachers. An additional 125 biology and 250 integrated science teachers would also be trained.

He said that a survey conducted by the Ministry identified challenges in the teaching physics, chemistry, biology, integrated science, core mathematics and elective mathematics. The Ministry has appropriately engaged subject experts and practitioners from best performing schools to develop training modules based on the survey findings and recommendations to facilitate the training by sharing their experiences with their counterparts from low performing schools.

Similarly, experts and practitioners with proven records of performance on school leadership were drawn from the academia and secondary schools to develop training modules for leadership and management training.

The Dep. Minister was hopeful that the training would bring about an overall improvement in the performance of these subjects.

The Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Enoch Cobbinah, said the purpose of the training is to find solution to problems at the secondary level.

He described a good secondary education as that which practices good management, has diligent supervision, disciplined students, teamwork, and committed, skilled and dedicated teachers.

Mr. Cobbinah urged the participants to take the training seriously to enable the resource from the SEIP impact the overall performance of the schools in the 2016 WASSCE and beyond.

Mr. Stephen Adu, the acting Director-General at the Ghana Education Service in charge of Management Services in a welcome address, called on the participants to think outside the box, be critical thinkers and learn to change how things are done. 

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