Dr Eric Ananga, a Researcher at the University of Education Winneba, who made the call at the two-day workshop organised by Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) said from 85 to 90 per cent of early childhood teachers are not trained in the early childhood curricular.

He said from 2002 and 2003, 22 per cent of early childhood teachers were trained with the rest not knowing what happened to them,” he said.

Dr Ananga observed that, at the KG level, the minds of children are very plastic “And if we damage and leave our children for untrained teachers to teach them, then that is the consequence of our failure in the education system.

“If we leave these children in the hands of teachers who are not trained how will they be able to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed for a better educational foundation to be laid?” He asked.

Dr Ananga has therefore urged stakeholders to collectively make the education of children matter most in every policy for improvement in the country’s education system to be valuable.

He also noted that textbooks ratio is significantly below the number of students’ usage and called for improvement in that area especially in the public schools.

He therefore mentioned the role of civil society organisations, people teacher ratio, poor monitoring of teaching and learning, absence of national qualification framework, slow progress in gender parity, low enrolment in mathematics, science and technology programmes, lack of clear national focus on research as some of the negative issues impacting the country’s educational system.

Speaking on the theme: “Strategising for Sustaining Real Equitable, Quality Education for Improving Learning Outcomes: Perspective of Civil Society,” Mr Bright Appiah, the Executive Council Chair of GNECC said, the body being a mouthpiece for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in education the pre-NESAR was prior to the up-coming workshop.

He said it would be a platform for members and partners to critically assess the performance of the sector over the past one year and implementation of targets and recommendations set out in the 2013 – 2015 NESAR Aide Memoires to ascertain progress made in the sector.

“As a key stakeholder of education development in Ghana, the Ministry of Education has made provision for GNECC to make a statement and also present a proposed framework for coordinating the programme deliverables of CSO and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the education sector,” he said.

Mr Appiah said it is expected that Civil Society at the end of the two-day workshop to recommend issues that would help improve outcomes in the education sector and also propose a framework for coordinating the activities of Civil Society and NGOs in education.

He called for collaborative efforts among participants that would help make the workshop a success and achieve its mandate.

Participants would assess the implementation of targets and recommendations set out in the 2013 –2015 Aide Memoires, review of the Education Strategic Plan (ESP) issues that highlighted Civil Society in a position paper to be presented at the NESAR.

There would be group work discussions on basic education, second cycle, tertiary, lifelong learning, education financing and management.

About about 50 bodies are taking part in the 2016 GNECC and Civil Society-pre-NESAR.

Source: GNA/News Ghana


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