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General News of Tuesday, 14 June 2005

Source: GNA

US volunteer teachers to teach in second cycle schools

Accra, June 14, GNA - Twenty-five volunteer teachers from the United States Peace Corps are in the country to assist second cycle institutions in selected subject areas. The teachers from specialised tertiary institutions in the US would be posted to all 10 regions to help senior secondary school students in the teaching of science, maths, computer science and visual arts. Besides, they would engage in a community-based training where each teacher would live together with a Ghanaian family to learn their culture especially the language of the community.

At a courtesy call on Monday at the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service, it came to light that this year, all five Visual Arts Teachers among the volunteers were to teach in hearing impaired schools.

Ms Madeleine G. Mader, Country Director of Peace Corps, said the two-year annual teaching programme would start in August but prior to that, the teachers would be given orientations to enable them to get used to the Ghanaian system. She said 44 years ago, Former US President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps based on the belief that they could build peace and friendship everywhere.

The Acting Director-General of Ghana Education Service, Mr Michael Kenneth Nsowah, who received the teachers on behalf of the Minister of Education, expressed gratitude to the teachers for coming to Ghana to assist in the development of education. He gave a brief history of the country's educational development and noted that with the current reform, the Government's main areas of focus perfectly fitted into their areas of speciality. Mr Nsowah said the new education policy vision was to focus on Science, Maths and Information Technology and Communication.

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