By Afedzi Abdullah, GNA
Cape Coast, Sept.
16, GNA – The Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has
inaugurated a new ultra-modern Kindergarten block for the Komenda M/A Primary
School in the Central Region.
The facility was
jointly funded by the United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) and the Government.
It has a staff
common room, a dining hall, classrooms and a playing ground.
Speaking at the
inauguration, Prof Opoku-Agyemang said Kindergarten had been mainstreamed into
the basic education system, therefore, more work was needed in the area of
infrastructural and human resource development.
She said the
Government was implementing policies, programmes and interventions focused on
improving equitable access to quality early childhood education care, which
were all being supported by its relevant stakeholders and development partners.
She said the KG
Block was a manifestation of the Government’s commitment to providing support
for early childhood education.
The Government was
also providing teaching and learning materials for pupils, which she said had
led to a significant improvement in the ratio of text book to pupils, which was
four text books to one pupil as against one text book three pupils in 2013.
said the Government had provided thousands of furniture and was in the process
of procuring extra text books for the senior high school students in a bid
towards expanding and raising the quality of education at all levels.
She said the
Government had prioritised early grade learning and training in seven colleges
of education and was optimistic that the interventions put in place would yield
greater tangible results.
She said the number
of KG schools in the country had increased by 17 per cent whereas enrolment had
also gone up by 15 per cent.
According to her,
the use of trained teachers at the basic school level had improved by 12 per
cent, while pupil teaching had seen an improvement of 10.5 per cent, all of
which were important in ensuring quality education.
Mr Joseph Annan,
the headmaster of the School, commended the Government for the project and
appealed for the renovation of the primary school block, which was in a
earlier toured some schools in the Region as part of the “My First Day at
School” exercise to check their preparedness on the first day of a new academic
year, during which she interacted with the pupils and encouraged them to stay
in school and learn hard.
school uniforms, sandals, reading and writing materials and other stationery to
the class one pupils, who were experiencing their first day at school.
The Apewosika M/A
Basic School in the Cape Coast Metropolis received 20 laptop computers in
addition to the other items.
Prof Opoku Agyemang
underscored the importance of “My First Day at School”, saying the first week
in the new term was equally essential as any other day and must be taken