The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has presented 10,000 copies of revised Core Mathematics textbooks to the Education Ministry to make the studying of the subject more enjoyable, thus ‘killing’ the phobia most students develop for the subject at, especially, the Senior High School (SHS) level.
Abena Serwaa Opoku-Fosu, GPHA Marketing Manager, presented the textbooks, published by Elite Publishing Company and authored by a team of researchers and Source One Limited.
The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA), Heritage Bank, Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA), National Communications Authority (NCA) and Deloitte assisted in pooling funds for publishing the books.
By this, it is hoped that the performance of Mathematics at the SHS level would improve, as Ghana aims at becoming vested in the sciences.
Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Education Minister, received the donation and acknowledging the support from the GPHA, admitted that the performance in Mathematics by students in the SHS, over the years, was not encouraging.
In view of this, he said his sector and maths professors are taking proactive measures to improve on the performance of SHS students in the subject.
He went on to acknowledge the deep knowledge and understanding the authors of the revised Core Mathematics textbooks have, as he stressed that mathematics at the basic schools must be developed with keen interest, so as to build a solid foundation for pupils before gaining admission into the SHS.
In their honour, Dr Opoku Prempeh presented plaques to the seven institutions for their contributions towards education.
Still on benevolence in education, Paul Kweku Asare Ansah, former Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), has provided the boarding needs of 11 SHS One students, who scored aggregate six to ten in the 2018 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the Asuogyaman District.
This is in fulfillment of a promise the benefactor made to the 1,732 candidates in the public schools, who sat the 2018 BECE, that he would provide every need on a student’s prospectus, should the student score between aggregate six to ten.
On top of providing the boarding needs, Mr Ansah gave each student GH¢300 as pocket money, and this gesture, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Asuogyaman, Samuel Agyekum, described as unprecedented in the history of the area.
He lauded Paul Ansah for his immense support for basic education, which outcome was the best BECE performance the District has recorded for the first time.
The Asuogyaman Director for Education, Mavis Oparebea, in her remarks, recounted the financial support and motivation Junior High Schools teachers and heads have received from Mr Asare Ansah, all in a bid to ensure that the unprecedented BECE feat the area was reeling over, came to pass.
She challenged the beneficiaries to study harder in their various SHSs to make the District proud.
Paul Ansah Asare hopes that more students would record between aggregate six to ten in the next BECE, and based on this, Mrs Oparebea encouraged the 2019 BECE candidates to emulate the successes of their predecessors, so that they can also benefit from the Paul Ansah Educational Support programme.