From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi
Education Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has said that the change at the Ministry of Education, under his leadership, is deep and transformational.
The change has been attributed to the establishment of a Reform Secretariat at the Ministry to ensure that all the agencies and bodies directly in change of the various reforms taking place in the education sector are working accordingly and within the time frame.
The reform owners include the Ghana Education Service (GES), National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), National Accreditation Board (NAB), Centre for National Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS), National Inspectorate Board (NIB), Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COVET), and Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL), among others.
The Minister attributed the huge success story to good technocrats at the Ministry, which has had the bulk of criticisms lately.
At a meeting with journalists in Kumasi, the Minister of Education said the reform owners are mandated to carry out their mandates in order for the government to achieve the aim of bringing education up to date, as well as guaranteeing access and quality at all levels of education.
Following these 10 out of proposed 11 reforms have been implemented in the areas of Free Senior High School policy, textbooks, and libraries, saying the deep reforms are geared towards making students think critically.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh said quality education across the basic, second cycle and tertiary levels depends on five elements of the teacher – communication, teaching and learning materials, school leadership and objective of children (students).
He said once salaries, conditions of service, teacher support, and supervision are catered for basic education would be enhanced.
According to the sector Minister, the government was committed to making school going attractive, and has fulfilled 42 out of 45 campaign promises.
The Education Minister said in accepting the portfolio of minister for the education sector, he had resolved to help the current administration to leave a legacy in the free SHS and major reforms, as the former New Patriotic Party President left a legacy in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).