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“MoE to strengthen relations with MMDAs” – Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang


The Ministry of Education (MoE) is to strengthen its relations with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) across the country to ensure better collaboration in the provision of equitable and quality education to all Ghanaians.

This declaration was made by the Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku- Agyemang, during her address at a day’s meeting with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), Regional and District Directors of Education at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

According to the minister, MMDCEs have played very significant roles, over the years through the District Education Oversight Committees (DEOCs), in the provision of quality education in their respective jurisdictions throughout the country and will continue to court their support and goodwill.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang noted that the ministry have made significant strides at the various levels of the educational ladder. She disclosed that between 2013 and 2015, Kindergartens (KGs) have increased from 18,915 to 20,960; Primary Schools, from 19,833 to 21,309; and Junior Secondary Schools (JSS), from 11,567 to 13,840.

She said gross enrolment rose from 99.4 % to 128% at the KG level; from 96.5 % to 110.4 % at the primary level and at the JSS level, from 80. 6% to 85.4% and acknowledged roles played by all in achieving. She however stressed the need to strengthen relations and collaboration among all stakeholders.

The Minister said the government had priioritised the elimination of schools under trees and as a result, out of the 1, 614 Schools, 2,578 had been completed with the rest at various stages of completion.

She appealed to MMDCEs and District Directors of Education, to collaborate to take care of school furniture, window frames and doors majority of which need very little funds to repair when they begin to break down to make the children comfortable and safe while at school.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, urged MMDCEs to endeavour to document and report on all interventions carried out by them.

The Hon. Minister admonished District Directors of Education to ensure that “at the basic level every child must have his/her fair share of education” and should not be pushed out of school because of fees.

According to her, under the Ghana Partnership for Education Grant (GPEG), support is being given to the decentral mechanism for basic education expenditure.

She noted that because it was a constitutional demand that every eligible student should have secondary education and that education should be progressively free, the ministry has since 2014 began the implementation of those constitutional provisions.

Prof Opoku-Agyemang disclosed that 123 out of the 200 community day senior high schools promised by President Mahama, has been given on contract and work started.

She said so far, four has been completed and commissioned at Otuam in Ekumfi District of the Central, Bamiankor in the Nzema East of the Western, Nkwanta in the Nkwanta South of the Volta and Kwabaah-Nyanoa in the Akim East of the Eastern Regions with the rest at various stages of completion.

The Minister stated that by their nature as community schools, DCEs and their assemblies should own and give them all the necessary support to prolong their lifespan for the benefit of those yet unborn, observing that the lessons being learnt from the completed ones would be used as a guide to manage the rest when completed.

Touching on the performance of students at both the BECE and WASSCE levels, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, disclosed that bases on a scientific survey, the causes and factors for poor performance have been identified and are being addressed, and called for their contributions.

On accreditation. She posited that there was the need for guidelines on the establishment of private schools in particularly to ensure quality of heads, teachers, curriculum, and physical environment among others.

Making reference to the league table on examination performance, she said it was incumbent on all to give children the necessary support to improve performance.

The minister reminded that the decentralization of basic schools will be sooner than later and asked MMDAs to prepare to take responsibility.

She urged all to engage in dialogue, collaboration and partnership to solve problems confronting the sector to be able to achieve better results in all aspects of education.

The Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Enoch Cobbinah, informed the MMDCEs that a lot, in terms of infrastructure, Teaching and Learning Materials (TLMs), human resource development, progressively free SHS policy and the school mapping portal among others, have been achieved and all must help to propagate them.

He also asked them to bring their achievements in educational infrastructural development, teacher and student support interventions, among others to the notice of the Ministry.

Mr. Cobbinah asked the MMDAs to make available to the ministry, footages on infrastructure, supplies of TLMs, scholarship awards to teacher trainees and brilliant but poor students among others for a documentary on “Accounting to the People” through the following reporting channels: WhatsApp -0244695607 / 0264695607 and

In a welcome address, Hon. Alex Kyeremeh, Deputy Minister in-charge of pre-tertiary, acknowledged that there were major stakeholders in education and the meeting was to bring all of them together for the purpose of deliberating on quality education.

According to him, Ghana as a member of the global world, follows international conventions such as ‘Education for All’ and ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ among others, all of which are concerned with the quality of education member countries provide for their people. 

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