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Gov’t has a vision for education – Hon. Minister

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The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has stated that the government has a vision for education for the next four years aimed at providing quality, accessible and affordable education to all Ghanaian children.

Additionally, the government will also consolidate basic education, reduce the number of subjects taught and concentrate on literacy, numeracy and creativity. This is to ensure that the Ghanaian child can be compared to any child anywhere in the world.

Dr. Prempeh made the remarks when the United States Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Robert P. Jackson, paid a courtesy call on him in his office in Accra.

He acknowledged the long- standing relations between the two countries since independence when the US Embassy was opened, and the support Ghana has received especially in the area of education through the USAID and US Peace Corps Volunteers and asked for the support to be sustained.

Hon. Prempeh also requested for support to the Statistics, Research and Information Management (SRIM) Division of the Ministry to help it to put together credible and reliable data.

The Minister commended the US government for distributing supplementary readers to selected public primary schools in the country but asked that it be extended to all public primary schools.

Similarly, he commended the USAID for the provision of infrastructure for basic schools but called for a stronger partnership in the implementation of their funded projects to put the ministry in the picture.

Dr. Prempeh proposed that an “Education Summit” should be instituted to allow all stakeholders in the education sector to congregate twice annually to critically assess the performance of the sector and make recommendations for better outcomes.

The Education Minister requested that more Peace Corps Volunteers in Mathematics and Science be posted to the Colleges of Education to leverage the efforts of the tutors to improve the teaching and learning of these subjects.

Ambassador Jackson said his visit was to strengthen the already existing partnership in education.

According to him, it was important for the two countries to evaluate their challenges as well as opportunities to enable them make the best decisions.

He recalled the many areas of cooperation through partnership in education since 1961 with Peace Corps volunteers teaching in Science and Mathematics in second cycle institutions.

On infrastructure, he disclosed that a good number of basic schools with ancillary facilities were constructed with USAID funding.

Additionally, they provided financial and technical support in the training of teachers and the distribution of supplementary reading materials in English and local Ghanaian languages to public primary schools across the country.

The US Ambassador was grateful to Ghana for hosting more than 200 American students on exchange programmes and more of such programmes would be promoted in the coming years.


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