Sumaiya Salifu Saeed, GNA
Ho, Sept. 12, GNA – Ms Enyonam Afi Amafuga,
Volta Regional Director, Ghana Education Service (GES), has noted that
educational planning systems in districts across the Region were very weak and
“nonexistent” in some areas.
She said that had led to “unsatisfactory”
performance in the Basic Education Certificate Examination over the years with
only 32 per cent of the 32,720 candidates passing in 2017.
Speaking at the opening session of a workshop
for District Officers on formulation of the Annual District Education
Operational Plan (ADEOP) in Ho, the Regional Director said effective planning
and execution of educational policies was needed to change the educational
fortunes of the Region.
She said the workshop had come at a time when
the Ministry of Education was setting into motion a new Education Strategy Plan
(ESP 2018-2023) with a national focus on government’s coordinated programme of
Economic and Social Development Policies (Agenda for Jobs 2017-2024).
Ms Amafuga said the ESP would also feed into
Africa Union’s Agenda 2063 and the international focus on the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) on quality education by 2030.
She called on Municipal and District Directors
of Education to rise up to the task with a well-coordinated and aligned budget
and a plan to serve as a guiding document.
Ms Amafuga cautioned directors who performed
activities outside the ADEOP to desist from the practice whilst aligning
activities of NGOs and other support agencies to fit into the ADEOP to guide
expenditure, monitoring and evaluation.
Mr Maxwell Quophi Blagodzi, Deputy Regional
Minister, bemoaned the low performance of the Region in the past BECEs and
called for a credible operational plan to reverse the trend.
He said education was an important aspect of
the economy, attracting huge national resources.
Mr Blagodzi urged players in the sector,
especially in the Region, to use the scarce resource available judiciously to
help get better results.