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Her excellency the ambassador of Finland to Ghana,  Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, called on the Deputy Minister for Education, Hon. Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa, to introduce herself and to brief him on bilateral issues of interest to both countries, on Monday.

She noted that even though she was resident in Abuja, Nigeria there was still the need to keep in constant touch with Ghana to consolidate the already existing cordial relationship.

According to Ambassador Pirjo, a business delegation including a deputy minister of education, from Finland would pay a two-day visit to Ghana in February 2016 to deliberate on a wide range of bilateral issues including science, technical, girl-child and tertiary education.

She underscored the fact that even though Finland was a very small country with a small population, she had made strides in encouraging many girls to opt for science and technical education.

In response, the Deputy Minister said there was the need to put more emphasize on on the teaching and learning of Mathematics and Science because Ghana has accepted the fact that it has challenges with the teaching and learning of those two subjects.

He also informed his host that the Ministry had recently launched a school mapping portal to make information on all aspects of education available to all.

Hon Samuel Ablakwa disclosed that Ghana would soon convert its polytechnics into technical universities because the original purpose for establishing them have been undermined.

He told the ambassador that it was welcome news to hear about the coming of the business delegation to Ghana and opportunity would be taken to discuss issues on publishing, infrastructure, exchange programmes and public private partnerships among others. He therefore requested that a detailed programme be made for the meeting with the delegation before they arrived.

In a brief intervention, the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Enock Cobinnah, proposed that a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) be written for discussion by both sides before or on arrival of the business delegation.

Continuing, the Deputy Minister wondered why it was taking Finland such a long time to open an ambassy in Ghana to further deepen the two countries, relations.

In a reaction, the Finish ambassador said it was due to lack of resources but added that her country was working on establishing a consulate in Accra.

She later presented some souvenirs to the Deputy Minister to symbolize Ghana-Finland good relations.


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