GES to close down sub-standard schools


All sub-standard private schools will be c1osed down by the Ghana Education Service (GES) as part of measures to ensure quality education in the country.

To this end, the service has embarked on supervision and monitoring at all school levels to check on the effective use of time and task.

Mr. Charles Tsegah, Deputy Director of GES, said this at the opening of a three-day National Education Sector Annual Review (NESAR) at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra Monday.

The theme was, “Enhancing Quality Education Delivery in a Decentralised System.”

Making a presentation on the 2-12 Performance Report, Mr Tsegah said “in today’s accountability environment, what the society wants is not the effort but better learning outcomes.”

He said that there had been an increase in basic school enrollment following a number of key interventions in 2011.

He mentioned the interventions such as the Capitation Grant (all basic schools) with an expenditure of GH¢15.2 million, free school uniforms (428,155 uniforms) at the Cost of GH¢10 million, 12.1 million free exercise books costing GH¢7million, schools under trees and classroom construction GH¢21.9 million.

On quality education, the Deputy Director-General said that though the number of trained teachers was increasing annually, this had not reflected much in the proportion of trained teachers in the workforce and attributed the case to high rate of attrition as well as enrollment.

He stated that 2,000 teachers contained on certificate ‘A’ upgrading Sandwich Course in 2011 whilst 855 teachers, teaching the core subject areas, received competence-based-training same year (2011).

Additionally, 3,000 teachers were offered study leave with pay to further their education in various tertiary institutions during the 2011 academic year as conscious efforts by GES to motivate and retain trained teachers to stem the fate of attrition.

Dilating on the WASSCE percentage passes in core subjects between 2008 and 2011, Mr. Tsegah gave the following recorded passes: 2008; English: 49.40%, Integrated Science; 26.60%, Mathematics; 26.10% and Social Studies; 60.60%.

2009: English – 43.29%, Integrated Science – 34.50%, Mathematics – 28.61 % and Social Studies- 77.25% but there was no WASSCE in 2010 for Ghanaian Students whilst in 2012, the student obtained 75.95% in English, 42.03% in Integrated Science, Mathematics – 43.86% and Social Studies – 82.28%.

Based on the inclusion of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the basic school curricula as an examinable subject, 60,000 free laptops were distributed to 2,500 Junior High Schools in 2011 to enhance quality of education through ICT.

Mr. Tsegah said that GES would take decision to deploy excess teachers from the capital and peri-urban areas to where vacancies existed.

“No teacher would be granted secondment to any other Department or agency,” he stressed.

Mr. Bright Appiah of Ghana National Education Coalition (GNEC) appealed to the government to ensure that people posted to teach at the Early Childhood levels under the Nationa1 Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), are given six months intensive training instead of the three weeks before they assume duty.

The Deputy Minister of Education, Mahama Ayariga, said the “Better Ghana” agenda was on course and called on the stakeholders for their unflinching support for positive results.

From: Ghana | The Ghanaian Times

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