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Regional News of Friday, 20 December 2013

Source: myjoyonline.com

Scrap farming modules - IMANI tells NSS

A recent report by the Forum for Education Reform (FFER), under the auspices of IMANI-Ghana is recommending the dedication of the whole National Service Scheme to teaching.

The report captioned "The State of Education in Ghana" notes that more National Service hands in teaching would help address the poor student-teacher ratio which is "a major factor with regard to improving the quality of education" in the country, particularly at the basic school level.

The National Service Secretariat has put some of its service personnel into catering and farming modules.This initiative, according to the NSS is aimed at addressing issues of budgetary constraints and personnel placement.

The Scheme currently has a piggery, a fish farm and poultry projects soread across the country. NSS also has a mango and coconut plantation at Papao in the Greater Accra Region.

SS earlier this year donated assorted food items from its agricultural projects to the staff and inmates of the Pantang Hospital in Accra. The Scheme donated 100 bags of maize, 250 kilograms of chicken and 30 crates of eggs to help provide for the hospital's nutritional need

But FFER, which is group of eminent Ghanaians, educationists, leaders of industry, business people and researchers believes these initiatives hamper efforts at improving education at the basic school level.

Also, the Forum urged government to develop incentives to facilitate investment in private education and encourage the existing ones to expand.

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