Regional News of Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Source: GNA

Chief calls for immediate measures to improve education

Naa Ambassador Yakubu Abdulai, Chief of Sagnerigu, a suburb of Tamale, has appealed to major stakeholders in education to urgently develop national curricula that would promote quality education directly linked to the job market.

He stated that the country has not been able to harness ideas that would practically create job opportunities for the youth, and stressed the need for the relevant authorities to develop programmes that would solve the problems.

Naa Ambassador Abdulai made the appeal at the 24th Annual General Conference of the Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) at Tamale.

The conference is on the theme: “Quality or Quantity Education, which way for Ghana?”

Members of GNAPS from all over the country, or their representatives, met for the two-day conference , to discuss the contribution made by private schools to education and its improvement.

Naa Ambassador Abdulai called on educational institutions to create more room for job training in their schools towards addressing the national problem of unemployment.

He advised policy makers and managers of the country’s public schools to learn best practices from the most successful private schools and achievers of quality education.

The public education sector, he said, should also strengthen supervision and monitoring in schools to ensure that learners derive the optimum benefits from education.

Mr Steve Revss, National President of the GNAPS, urged the Ministry of Education to give children in private schools equal access to government logistics and inputs just as those in the public schools.

He also urged politicians to stop manipulating issues of education saying, “Issues of education should be left with the education authorities to take the necessary decisions to improve education in the country”.