Minister of Education inspects educational materials for schools

Accra, Aug. 16, GNA
– Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, the Minister of Education, has called
for enhanced stakeholder support in promoting education holistically, to ensure
that no individual was left behind.

This, she said,
calls for a critical scrutiny of the teaching and learning materials used,
teacher education, the syllabus, and look at education as a chain, of which
none could be singled out.

She, therefore,
called for massive support especially from teachers, to ensure that efforts
being put in place by the Ministry to improve upon teaching and learning would
yield the expected results.

Prof Opoku Agyemang
said this when she inspected a consignment of educational materials worth over
GH
ȼ70 million at a warehouse in
Accra.

She said the
materials, which comprises of mostly dictionaries and textbooks for primary and
Junior High School level, were procured by the Ministry for distribution to all
schools across the country according to their population.

She said the
effective use of the dictionaries by students, would help improve their
vocabularies and improve their performances particularly in the reading
subjects.

Prof Opoku Agyemang
said her Ministry had earlier made efforts to increase the distribution of
textbooks for core subjects to the tertiary level and was now expanding it to
the lower levels where three children used to share one textbook in 2013, but
the situation has currently changed to four textbooks to a child.

She appealed to
students and pupils to make good use of their learning time and also the books
and handle them well for posterity.

Prof Opoku Agyemang
said for a critical study of the educational system has revealed certain
weaknesses in subjects such as mathematics and science, and these have been
traced to the medium of instructions and methods of teaching.

She said these have
contributed to the lack of interest in these subjects by students and also the
yearly poor performances recorded.

Prof Opoku Agyemang
said the dictionaries were good source of seeking for better understanding of
words and improving the diction of both teachers and their students.

She said she was
glad that the numerous interventions being put in place by government have begun
to bear fruits judging from the current West African Senior Secondary
Certificate of Education (WASSCE) results.

She said although
the results were not all that good, they were an improvement over that of the
previous years.

Prof Opoku Agyemang
commended all teachers for their unwavering efforts and urged them to work
harder as the task ahead was great.

She also called on
all students to stick to their books and avoid all forms of distractions that
would derail their visions and sway them towards failure and destruction.

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