The Municipal Director of Education in Wenchi in the Bono Region, Mrs. Effua A.D. Amuah, has said that the introduction of a new curriculum in Ghana’s educational system was timely.
Speaking at a training workshop organised by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to train private school teachers on the new curriculum in Wenchi, Mrs Amuah said the country had undergone a lot of changes over the years, and all these have had influences on our educational system.
A total of 350 teachers from 28 private schools in the municipality are expected to be trained by the end of this week. She said 891 teachers in the public schools across all circuits in the municipality have had their training.
She warned that any private school that refused to participate in the training would be closed down, because it would not have any basis to teach the pupils.
“Both content and methodology have changed, therefore, without the training it would be difficult to be at the same wave length with the trained,” she further explained.
Mrs. Amuah gave an assurance that there would be continuous monitoring and supervision at the various schools to see how the knowledge acquired would be implemented.
She thanked the proprietors and managers of the schools (private schools) for their cooperation in the exercise. Soft copies of resource packs are currently available to the private schools for use.
On the issue of why private schools were seen to be doing better in terms of performance at the basic level as compared to government schools, the Education Director noted that poor supervision on the part of heads and circuit supervisors in the public sector was a contributing factor.
She said proprietors and heads of private schools are always seen as being on the necks of their teachers to ensure that they are working effectively, whilst in the public schools there are a number of bottlenecks impeding monitoring and supervision.
She urged teachers to continue to give off their best to raise world future leaders who could address the world’s problems during their time.
Mrs. Effua A.D. Amuah thanked the Ministry of Education for the introduction of the new curriculum to enhance teaching and learning.
In a related development, the Tain District Non-Formal Education Directorate (NFED) has embarked on public education and awareness creation exercise as part of its activities towards the celebration of this year’s International Literacy Day Celebrations.
This year’s celebration is under the theme, ‘Literacy and Multilingualism,’ and looks at the critical role language plays in the daily lives of people, not only as a tool for communication, education, social integration and development, but also as a repository for each person’s unique identity, cultural history, traditions and memory.
The day, which is commemorated annually, also serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of the relevance of literacy to national socio-economic development.
The District Director of the NFED, Madam Agnes Yelezuome, said the department’s aim was to ensure people are able to read and write, and urged all those who could not get formal education to access education through Non-Formal Education to be able to read and write.
Madam Yelezuome described education as the backbone of every wealthy community and nation, and as a result, the District Directorate was putting in adequate measures to revamp various classes, and intends to create more to enable the public have easy access to it.
She gave the assurance that the Directorate would frequently engage and sensitise the public to generate their interest to enroll with them.
According to her, all teaching and learning materials would be given out free, and urged the elderly, school dropouts, and artisans to take advantage of the programme.