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Our Education System is good- Minister tells Journalists

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The Minister for Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has reiterated the need for Ghanaians to value the country’s educational system describing it a good one. She said “we need to be proud of our achievements and strive to do better”. Prof. Opoku-Agyemang was speaking at the 2015 Meet-the-Press held at the Ministry of Communications.
She said in line with the Ministry’s mission and vision, the Ministry will continue to formulate and implement strategic policies and programmes with support from the agencies to deliver quality education to all Ghanaians.
“Our education system compares favorably with most recognized functional education systems across the world. However, we acknowledge the challenges we have, and that these create pathways for further improvement. Our Education system is good; it has produced professionals who would make any country proud. Comparatively, Ghana has done well and we know that we can do much better in education”, she stressed.
The minister touched on basic, secondary and tertiary sectors of the educational system and gave a comprehensive overview of achievements recorded. She said improving teacher training and professional development, BECE re-sit, improving governance of educational institutions, standardization of school fees, staff rationalization, stakeholders engagement with MMDCEs, labour unions and students, establishment of the Eastern University among others give credence to the successes achieved.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said the Ministry adopted the policy of zero tolerance for teacher absenteeism to enhance accountability in schools, improve teacher presence and time on task where quarterly monitoring and unannounced visits were carried out by the Ministry, the National Inspectorate Board (NIB) and Ghana Education Service to about 11,594 basic schools across the country.
She said a number of Bills are either being drafted or undergoing reviews to correct outdated, overlapping, or even non-existent laws that hinder efficient response to emerging issues. As a result, Conversion of Polytechnics into Technical Universities Bill, Tertiary Education Research Fund Bill and Eastern University Bill are at various stages of approval by Parliament.
She acknowledged the contribution of policy makers, development partners, religious bodies, non-governmental organizations, teachers, support staff, researchers, parents and guardians, the general public, media and the government for continuing to prioritize education.
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Source: MoE/PR

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