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World Bank Group Visits Education Minister

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A World Bank (WB) Group has called on the Minister for Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang in her office in Accra.

The Visit forms part of a mission visit which is part of the World Bank’s support for the Government on the Secondary Improvement Programme (SEIP).

The SEIP forms part of H. E. President John Mahama’s campaign promise to Ghanaians to build 200 Senior High Schools across the country.

The World Bank was supporting the Government with $156 million for the construction of 123 SHSs, provide scholarship at the Senior High level among others.

The mission project is to access work done on various components spelt out in the Terms of Reference (TORs) agreed upon between the Government of Ghana/Ministry and the WB.

Welcoming the Group, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang said the mission visit re-affirmed the MoE/WB relationship.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang urged the WB Group not to hesitate to point out facts and omissions for correction.

She highlighted some achievements chalked by the Ministry on the SEIP to the Group listed in the first component of the Project agreement. These included School Mapping, School Performance Planning Programme (SPPP) as well as various trainings in Maths and Science under the SEIP.

She noted that beneficiaries of the scholarships package in the project have also received their cheques.

She called for urgent need for solutions of problems and challenges which would arise during the mission.

She thanked the WB and MoE team for working hard to accomplish work done so far, however, she said it should be ensured that there was timely completion of and quality work delivered.

The Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Enoch H. Cobbinah, described the project as one of the fastest that the Ministry has undertaken.

He said even though there were few issues and challenges, these have been surmounted because people working on the project were resilient.

The leader of the WB Group, Mrs. Deborah Mikesell, the Task Team Leader, said the WB was working together with the Ministry on the mission to provide support and not to find fault.

She said the SEIP project was the first of its kind in West Africa and the WB is looking forward to replicate it in other countries.

Mrs. Mikesell said the Project needs an environmental safe guards to make the work easy and therefore called on the Ministry to be critical by ensuring that contractors take Safe Guard works seriously.

Present at the meeting were the Hon. Deputy Minister for Education in charge of Tertiary, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Mrs. Eunice Ackwerh, Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank and Mr. Franklin Gawu, a Safe Guard specialist at the World Bank.


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