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Primary, JHS get dictionaries

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Over two million seven hundred dictionaries at a cost of GHC 70 million have been procured for basic schools across the country by the Government to help students understand and appreciate the English language.

The procurement of the dictionaries is part of the measures being undertaken to equip and boost students’ knowledge and improve quality in our education sector.

Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the sector Minister announced this in Accra when she inspected the dictionaries.

Prof. Agyemang noted that every level of education affects the other and said the Ministry have observed that a subjects that pose difficulty for learners and a major source of worry is the medium of instruction.

It is believed that when the children understand the medium through which they are being taught, their own grasping and application of the concept would be easier.

The Minister noted that these interventions at the lower level would have effect on performance at the higher level.

The emphasis on dictionaries procurement is because at the primary level three, the medium of instructions is English and dictionary is a very good source of vocabulary building, comprehension, spelling, pronunciation and some attributes that inform our medium of instruction and the earlier the student gets access to it the better.

She said provision of dictionaries by the government which already exists at the secondary level have been expanded further to include the basic level. At the senior high school level, textbooks have also been procured as part of providing quality education with the provision of infrastructure.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang opined that the 2013 projection by the Ministry of “one textbook to three children” at the basic level have been improved to “four text books to one child”.

The Minister urged students to make good use of the dictionaries and all the learning materials provided by government.


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