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The Commissioner for Education of Jigawa State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Hajia Rabia Husain Adamu Eshak, has paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, in her office in Accra.

The visit was basically aimed at establishing relationship between Jiwaga state education sector and Ghana’s Education sector on issues of mutual interest and benefit.

Hajia Eshak noted with concern that Nigeria’s education system has lost its quality as compared to Ghana, and thinks Jigawa State, with a population of about five million people, can learn from Ghana’s experiences.

The commissioner also disclosed that her state has identified some challenges in their examination results which demand a pragmatic solution especially at the primary and secondary levels.

She blamed the situation on the use of the mother tongue or language one (L1) in teaching from primary 1 to primary 3 in teaching before transiting to English in primary 4.

Hajia Rabia observed that, at the secondary level, which is the major challenge, the short term intervention is to request for Ghanaian English teachers; medium term intervention would see Jigawa State bringing their teachers to the University of Education Winneba for training and for the long term to review the syllabus of the secondary education.

Responding, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, said it was good to work together in the sub region and added that the issues raised could be further discussed at either inter-ministerial or inter institutional meetings.

She also noted that since time immemorial, individual Nigerian students have been studying in Ghana and so it should not be difficult at the state level, which is more formal.

The Minister suggested that specific subjects that require quality teachers should be identified, more teachers be trained and the syllabuses should also be reviewed.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang expressed her sentiments on the use of mother tongue from primary one to three, saying that the problem is not with the use of mother tongue but the transition period, calling for the need to research into it to find solution to the problem.

She pledged her sector’s support for all the issues raised and requested a formal correspondence on them for the necessary action.

The Minister’s team included the Chief Director, Mr. Enoch Cobbinah, the Director General of GES, Mr. Jacob Kor and Madam Rabiana Azara, Director of Pre-Tertiary Education, the Commissioner was accompanied by Mr. Albert Adomako, consultant for ECOWAS, Mr. Salisu Zakar Hadegia, ex-chairman of Subeb Jigawa State as well as Mr. Ali Molid Magashi of Jigawa Invest.

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