CODE advocates release of funds to education directorates

By
Stephen Asante, GNA

Kumasi, Aug. 28, GNA
– The Conference of Directors of Education (CODE) has advocated the release of
the 20 per cent District Assembly’s Common Fund meant for education to the
Directorates of Education.

This, the CODE said,
was needed for the running and management of education directorates in the
country as the flow of government grants to those departments had been stalled
for more than three years.

A communiqué issued
by the Conference, signed by Mr Hayford Kwadwo Osei, the National President,
and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Kumasi, said delays in the release of
funds such as the capitation and feeding grants were a disincentive to quality
education delivery.

The Conference was
of the view that contemporary issues bordering on education and its
administration, particularly the expanding role of directors of education,
required prompt redress.

The communiqué was
adopted at the CODE’s 23rd annual meeting in Kumasi, under the theme:
“Investing in Quality Education for Positive Transformation of the Youth for
National Development”.

Issues that relates
to the overall growth of the educational sector including motivation for
teachers in deprived communities, the lack of continual support and guidance
from parents to their wards and logistical support for education directorates
was discussed at the meeting.

It also deliberated
on the need for affordable, quality, holistic and inclusive education for all
Ghanaian children of school-going age as well as progress of the nation’s
educational system.

The communiqué
underscored the need for heads of schools to be encouraged in strengthening
other management and supportive structures with more emphasis on the Board of
Governors, Parent-Teacher-Associations and School Management Committees.

This would enable
parents and other community members to give their all in support of the
learning needs of children, it said.

The communiqué,
touching on the on-going 200 community-based school projects, urged the
Government to expedite action on their completion to ensure easy accessibility
for equity in education.

Furthermore, when
new schools are being established, accommodation for teachers should be
factored for effective academic activities, the communiqué said.

GNA

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