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General News of Monday, 21 May 2018


Decentralization will solve poor supervision in schools - Prof Adei

A former rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor Stephen Adei has blamed the deterioration in teaching standards in primary schools on poor supervision by the Ghana Education Service (GES).

Professor Adei noted that the GES has not been proactive in implementing guidelines in teacher supervision.

Speaking at the launch of the Odeefor Oteng Korankye ll Education fund at Ashesi University over the weekend, Professor Adei said the solution would be the decentralisation of the country’s educational system.

“GES has become a big elephant which cannot turn fast enough, and the teachers know it, I have also advocated the need to decentralise basic education management. GES can be responsible for national standards and quality assurance, but there is no way GES can manage Kyeremoase Methodist primary school from the ministry area from Accra,” he said.

Former Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa in 2016 mentioned government commitments to decentralisation of the education sector.

He noted that a Decentralisation Bill would soon be placed before Parliament for passage.

Education decentralisation implies that the devolution of nursery, kindergarten, primary and junior high school management from the Ghana Education Service to the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs).

The regional education directorates would be second cycle institutions to maintain national unity and cultural mix associated with such institutions.

Funds will be drawn from MMDAs account to run schools in districts and municipalities.