MINISTER of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has indicated the central government’s commitment to strengthen its partnership with the various religious faith-based organisations, civil society organizations (CSOs) and the private sector, to pursue innovative measures, strategies and policies to improve the quality of education for all in Ghana, and to put the country on the road towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr. Prempeh made the statement yesterday while he was giving a welcome address at the Second National Education Week (NEW) in Accra. The event was organised by the Ministry of Education with support from UNICEF, USAID, UNESCO, and Innovations for Poverty Action.
Themed: “Reforming The Education Sector For Effective Service Delivery; Embracing Innovation,” the four-day program brought together top management members from the Ghana Education Service, policymakers, educationists, researchers, and private sector actors. Where they discussed the progression made over the years, identifying gaps in ineffective service delivery and setting an agenda for an effective summit and technical group discussions.
According to the sector minister, the 2018-19 academic year has been busy and exciting for the Ministry of Education. They have worked assiduously to roll out various educational reform initiatives to bridge the education gaps in the country.
The sector minister noted that progress has been made through the curriculum, legal and institutional, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and tertiary education governance reform agenda.
Significantly, he explained that the Education Strategic Plan (ESP) from 2018 to 2019 was completed during the period, to transform Ghana into a “Learning Nation.”
“We intend to build on progress made over the years under review and to improve on the delivery of education service in the years ahead,” said the sector minister.
“I am hopeful that the gathering of policymakers, educationists, researchers, and private sector actors will present the country with the opportunity to generate the best of ideas to improve the education sector for the good of the Ghanaian child,” he said.
According to him, the focus of last year’s NEW on sector reforms was effective for service delivery.
He pointed out that this year’s NEW would emphasise the ministry’s reform agenda, with the primary focus on innovation.
To improve the usage of innovative solutions, and become more adaptable in its approaches, Dr. Prempeh said education needs to identify efficiency and equity gaps that negatively affect learning outcomes and allow innovative solutions to address these across the sector.
Furthermore, he stressed the need for the government to transform education to keep pace with the requirements of the workforce.
Ms. Annie Duflo, the Executive Director of Innovative for Poverty Action (IPA), has stated her outfit remains committed to supporting the government of Ghana in hopes to improve the quality education for Ghanaian child.
She stated that since last year’s evidence summit, the IPA and the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service have continued to co-create rigours evidence that answers pressing questions ranging from Ghana’s educators to policymakers.
The CSOs have reiterated the need for the government to consider the inclusion of kindergarten, to the new educational reform initiatives and to upgrade the knowledge of the children before they get to the secondary education.
They stressed that let us find ways to promote the shared mission of making sure that, “Every Child Can Learn, Every Child Must Learn!” this would help the implementation of the inclusive education policies.
They also called on the government to consider the inclusion of all the TVET institutions to the Free Senior High (FSHS) educational policy to help the government ambition to transform the education sector in the country.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU
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