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The Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has lauded the partnership between Ghana and the United States of America.

She said her country recognises her partnership with the United States and appreciates their contributions and support for Ghana’s education system.

Professor Opoku-Agyemang was addressing a delegation from the US Embassy in Ghana led by Ambassador Robert Porter Jackson, US Ambassador to Ghana, when they paid a working visit to her office in Accra.

The Minister said the Government appreciates US support, especially at the Complementary Basic Education (CBE) programme.

She commended the US Government for spearheading the Reading Project, adding that the project was dear to the heart of the Ministry, since reading was the basis for every subject at all levels of education and should be taken seriously.

The Minister revealed that usage of the local language to teach at early stage of learning has improved beyond doubt, adding that “when you begin with the local language, learning becomes effective”.

Professor Opoku-Agyemang also disclosed that her Ministry was putting in place clear qualification framework and structures to fine-tune vocational and technical education to build confidence of students offering the course.

The Minister observed that perception of society about vocational and technical courses prevents more youth to go into the programme, adding “we need technical and vocational professionals because we can’t afford to keep maintaining what has been produced by others.”

She said teachers from thirteen purely technical institutions were re-trained and technical institutions met and came out together with a 16 point communique to help improve the standards of quality in that area.

Professor Opoku-Agyemang called on the US government to look again into sustainability of US support services in education to ensure its investments get lasting results.

Ambassador Jackson, a teacher by profession, who taught French and English as a foreign language at the Institute Montana in Zugerberg, Switzerland, lauded the Ministry on the inclusive education policy document that has been outlined to manage children with special needs.

He was elated with the overall work at beneficiary schools from the $75 million Ghana Partnership in Education Grant by his government.

 


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