Minister of Education: Reforming Ghana’s Education Sector: Shaping the Future of Learning and Competitiveness

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The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, has highlighted ongoing reforms in Ghana’s educational sector that will shape the future of education in the country. These reforms aim to adapt to global changes and include the revitalization of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) at all levels. In addition, the introduction of pre-engineering and robotics in Senior High Schools is part of the reform agenda.

Dr. Adutwum emphasized some key reforms, such as upgrading Colleges of Education from diploma-awarding to degree-awarding institutions and establishing new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) institutions across the country. The objective is to create an enabling environment and offer courses that equip graduates with comprehensive skills and knowledge, making them competitive globally.

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These remarks were made by Dr. Adutwum at the 70th anniversary celebration of Apam Senior High School in the Central Region, where he addressed the audience through a speech read by the Director for Pre-Tertiary Education.

Justice Kwesi Anim Yeboah, the retired Chief Justice, also addressed the students at the event. He emphasized the importance of hard work, perseverance, and dedication in achieving success. Justice Yeboah warned against drug abuse, laziness, indiscipline, and neglecting academic excellence, stressing that these behaviors do not contribute to success.

Speaking on the theme, ’70 Years of Quality Education: Sustaining our Gains in The New Technological World,’ Justice Yeboah urged students to embrace the present technological age and make the most of the learning environment in Senior High Schools. He cautioned that losing such a valuable opportunity would be challenging to recover, as many talented students have already abandoned their dreams or faced destitution due to a lack of seriousness and discipline.

The Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Dr. Eric Nkansah, explained the criteria for categorizing schools as ‘A’ schools. He highlighted that a school’s performance, including behavior and community perception, significantly influences its categorization. Dr. Nkansah urged the school’s alumni to promote and support the school to encourage more students to enroll, thereby increasing Apam Senior High School’s chances of achieving an ‘A’ category status.

Nana Obokomatta IX, the Chief of Gomoa Dasum and Chairman of the School’s Governing Board, expressed gratitude to the President, the Minister of Roads, and the Chief Justice for their efforts in improving the school. He acknowledged the recent asphalt paving of all roads within the campus, which had been in a deplorable state for over two decades. Furthermore, he appreciated the construction of a modern girls’ dormitory despite the challenging economic conditions in the country.

Mrs. Comfort Essah Amoaful, the Headmistress of Apam Secondary High School, appealed to the government for additional teachers’ accommodation. She emphasized that having teachers reside on campus would contribute to instilling discipline, a core value for academic excellence, in the students. Mrs. Amoaful highlighted the dilapidated state of the existing teacher bungalows and requested renovations to prevent potential disasters. Additionally, she called for the construction of a 200-seater staff common room, a modern visual art studio, accessories for the school’s Regimental Band, as well as improved toilet facilities, tables, and chairs to enhance teaching and learning.

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