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Turkish govt to support education sector


The Turkish Government has expressed its readiness to support Ghana’s vision for education under the current Government.

The Turkish Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Nesrin Bayazit, who disclosed this, said her government would share its experience in education with Ghana to help boost the sector.

She paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, in Accra, to offer the cooperation of her mission to Ghana.

“We have an outstanding draft agreement yet to be signed between our two countries in several areas including education and It is my wish that the new Minister will revisit the draft agreement so that it can be finalised and signed”, Madam Bayazit stated.

She disclosed that Turkey allocates 50 scholarships annually to post graduate Ghanaian students and consideration is being given for an increase in the number to benefit more Ghanaians.

According to the Turkish Ambassador, her country has an elaborate technical and vocational education programme of which Ghana could benefit.

Ambassador Bayazit also appealed to Ghana to grant accreditation to neighbouring Cyprus educational institutions to enable Ghanaian students to benefit from their scholarships.

In response, the Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, said the Government is committed and determined to revamp technical and vocational education in the country to develop employable skills in the youth, and will therefore look forward to collaborating with Turkey in that regard.

He told his guest that his focus was from basic education through technical, vocational and agricultural education to the tertiary level.   

Touching on the draft agreement, he asked for a copy and promised to work on it and facilitate its signing.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh noted that Ghana wants to associate itself with Turkey to enable it derive benefits especially in the area of education.

With regards to the request to grant accreditation to institutions in Cyprus, he asked the embassy to provide the Ministry with the list of institutions as well as the programmes they run for study and further action.

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