Work towards improving education content – Minister

By Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Cape Coast, Sept.
16, GNA – Dr Ekwow Spio – Garbrah, the Minister of Trade and Industry, has
admonished Old Student Associations to channel their support towards improving
the content and quality of the education at their respective schools.

“Creating funds to
support educational infrastructure is good but one of the most important
aspects of education that needs much attention is the body of knowledge,” he
said.

Dr Spio-Garbrah
gave the advice at a youth colloquium in Cape Coast on the theme: “Falling
Standards of Education in the Cape Coast Metropolis, the stakeholders’
responsibility”.

The colloquium,
which was organised by the Cape Coast Youth Association, in collaboration with
the National Youth Authority, was aimed at bringing stakeholders together to
deliberate and find solutions to the falling standards of education in the Cape
Coast Metropolis.

He acknowledged the
immense contributions of old students in the area of infrastructural
development in their respective schools, but said the focus should be shifted
towards deepening the curriculum content.

He said it was
about time Ghana made a paradigm shift from the content of the educational
system to focus on production and manufacturing.

Dr Spio-Garbrah is
an old student of the Achimota School and a Former Minister of Education.

Professor Nyarko
Simpson, a Senior lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), said the
provision of a sustainable education could only be achieved if stakeholders
played their respective roles effectively and efficiently.

He urged parents to
endeavor to sustain their children in school with their little incomes.

He entreated
parents to educate their wards with purpose and provide all their necessary
needs to enable them to stay in school.

Prof Simpson urged
the Ghana Education Service (GES) to intensify its supervision in public
schools, particularly, at the basic school level to improve the academic
performance of pupils.

He advised parents
not to shirk their responsibilities towards their children, adding that the
process of teaching and learning should be a shared responsibility for the
desired results to be achieved.

Mr Robert Awonor
Williams, the Head of Human Resource Development at the Cape Coast Metropolitan
Directorate of GES, expressed worry that some parents in the Metropolis found
private basic schools more enticing than public schools.

As a result, he
said, enrolment figures at the kindergarten level had reduced and warned of a
drastic reduction in enrolment at that level in future if measures were not put
in place to address the underlining factors.

He urged parents
and other stakeholders to take profound interest in the education of children
in both private and public schools to bring back the glory of the Metropolis as
the citadel of education in Ghana.

Mr Williams said
the Metropolis had since 2012 consistently recorded poor results at Basic
Education Certificate Examination (BECE) level but was hopeful this year would
see a significant improvement in performance.

GNA

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