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Education Minister Hosts French, British Envoys

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The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has hosted two diplomatic delegations from the French Embassy and the British High Commission to deliberate on issues pertaining to the country’s educational sector.

The two envoys and the education minister discussed existing technical and policy support to the country’s educational sector.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh acknowledged the task ahead of him in pushing his government’s education agenda forward and asked for their support.

French Envoy

Briefing the Sector Minister of his visit, the Ambassador of France to Ghana, Francois Pujolas, congratulated him on his appointment as the Minister for Education.

He highlighted on the important role Ghana plays in regional integration to promote peace and development.

He also noted the importance of the French language to Ghana’s development in the sub-region as a result of it being surrounded by francophone countries.

Still on French literacy in Ghana, Ambassador Pujolas said Ghana has improved in incorporating the French language into its educational system but said there was room for improvement.

He recalled that in 2016 the Ministry signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the French Embassy for assistance to ensure the effective teaching and learning of the French language.

Mr. Pujolas said the support which was worth 700,000 Euros, was part of his government’s “Solidarity Priority Support Fund” project, and aimed at assisting countries to improve the teaching and learning of the French language at the pre-tertiary and tertiary levels.

He explained that three key areas of intervention for the current support would be for the high school level, science oriented institutions and the Mount Mary College of Education, which is the Regional Centre for the teaching of French instructors.

Mr. Pujolas requested the Ministry to assist his country promote and expand the teaching, learning and speaking of the French language using the Ghanaian media as well as communication institutions.

According to the French envoy to Ghana, learning the French language would not only ensure better trade deals between the businesses, but also broaden the horizon of Ghanaians to the Francophone world for healthier collaboration and partnerships.

Education Minister

Responding to the Ambassador’s remarks, Dr. Opoku Prempeh acknowledged the critical role language plays in bilateral relations, adding that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo intends to promote the French language in the country as part of his foreign policy.

In view of this, the minister said “it’s the vision of the ministry that the learning of French would begin from the basic level where the child can easily grasp the language”.

According to him the country needs more support to fully integrate the French language by training qualified French teachers for the basic level as well as providing teaching and learning materials to supplement the efforts of teachers.

“There is the need to redefine Ghana’s relations with the French government to promote the speaking and learning of French at the tender age”, he said.

On the issue of promoting and expanding the teaching, learning and speaking of French in the country through the media, Dr. Prempeh said the Ministry would be very supportive by encouraging institutions such as the Ghana Institute of Journalism and National Film and Television Institute to embrace the subject in their curriculums.


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