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AASU Calls On Education Minister

AASU delegation with the Minister.

The All African Students Union (AASU) has called on the Hon. Minister for Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang at her office to solicit the Ministry's effort in bringing quality assurance in education at the higher level and formalise the Union's working relationship with ECOWAS.

The group wants the Ministry to use its capacity to seek a working relationship between ECOWAS and the AASU.

Mr. Fred Awaah, Secretary General and Head of Mission of the AASU, said the Union has a relationship with the Africa Union (AU) and UNESCO, however, it's relationship with ECOWAS is only at the country level.

Briefing the Hon. Minister on what the AASU stands for, Mr. Awwah said leaders of AASU are elected from student blocks throughout Africa, therefore the Union's request to seek relationship with the ECOWAS is to enable them gain access on issues pertaining to students and youth on quality assurance in education in the West Africa region.

"Even though the Union has been part of the diplomatic core of Ghana through the Foreign Affairs Ministry, relations is not formalised", he said.

The Union also requested the sector minister to assist in facilitating delivery of educational materials to Liberia as the country is about to start its academic calendar.

The request, Mr. Awaah said, is at the instance of Liberian students'. The Union sent donations of cash and food items to the three affected Ebola countries when they were hit by Ebola crisis.

The Hon. Minister was invited to chair AASU's third quarter annual summit to be hosted by Ghana on the theme: "Quality Assurance-Everybody's Involvement"..

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang on her part explained that quality assurance in education covers a wide scope, which include lecturer's performance, examination malpractices, students' attendance to lectures, grading system among others.

She charged the Union to put down a concept paper on the areas it would like to tackle on quality assurance at the higher level and forward it to the Ministry.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang asked the Union to find out the Liberia students' specific needs in education and the request should be copied to the government of Ghana and the Education Ministry.

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