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Akufo-Addo says Government shaping future of education for positive outcomes

President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated emphatically that his government’s investments in the education sector is in the short, medium and long term, leading to the positive shaping of the future of education in the country which will guarantee excellent outcomes.

 

Over the past six (6) years and ten (10) months since assuming office, President Akufo-Addo says his administration has made systematic investments into the sector and the evidence and positive outcomes of these efforts according to the President are already manifesting for all to see.

Addressing attendees of the opening ceremony of the 61st annual Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), at Achimota School in Accra, on Wednesday, 11 October 2023, President Akufo-Addo together with stakeholders in the education sector, the lot of all Ghanaian children of school going age is being bettered.

 

“It is important that a nation, which aims to transform itself into a modern productive player in the global market, must get its educational policies right. There is no part of Ghana or segment of our society that does not recognize the importance of education.

“We have all accepted that education is the best route to moving out of poverty. This is because the nations that have made rapid progress around the world have all put education at the heart of their development.

“The United States of America did it over a century ago, as did Japan, Britain did it eighty years (80) years ago, and the nations that we started life with, over sixty (60) years ago, like Korea, Malaysia and Singapore, have all done it. We must follow suit,” President Akufo-Addo said.

“Together with you, members of CHASS, the Akufo-Addo Government is shaping the future of education in Ghana for excellence in its outcomes. This is not just a project, it is a movement, a transformation, and a promise for a brighter, digitally empowered tomorrow. I express my deepest gratitude to all stakeholders, educators, parents, and communities who have contributed to this wonderful journey”

“We are, indeed, shaping a brighter future for Mother Ghana, where the Ghanaian people will witness a flowering of Ghanaian civilization, which will ensure that every Ghanaian child, no atter their economic, ethnic, gender, regional or religious background, will have ready access to quality education comparable to any anywhere in the world. The Black Star is going to sparkle” Akufo-Addo added.

At the kindergarten school level, President Akufo-Addo observed that his government has invested significantly in teachers, equipping them with modern methodologies tailored for early childhood development. He added that his administration has also provided age-appropriate learning materials, play equipment, and resources for interactive and engaging learning experiences.

“Through GETFund, we are executing one thousand, two hundred and seventy (1,270) infrastructure interventions, setting new standards for early childhood education.

“These schools boast cutting-edge technology, including smart boards, to enhance interactive learning experiences. I am pleased to report that a substantial number of these projects are nearing completion, and, by early 2024, they will be fully operational” the President noted.

In primary and junior high schools, government according to President Akufo-Addo, has focused a substantial number of its interventions on empowering teachers, through extensive training and capacity building.

He further indicated that the Akufo-Addo administration has ensured the consistent provision of learning materials and embarked on targeted infrastructure upgrades to create conducive learning environments.

At the Senior High School level, in tandem with the National Digital Literacy Project, the President observed that the e-Transform Ghana project stands as a beacon of progress. With an investment of ninety-seven million United States dollars (US$97 million), government the President said, is enhancing service delivery through ICT.

“Among its many facets, the e-Education component promises to establish computer laboratories in three hundred and five (305) public Senior High Schools in all the regions of the country. These labs will be equipped with cutting-edge technology, fostering an environment where students can immerse themselves in the digital realm.

As we open tenders tomorrow, on 12 October, for the equipment in the remaining two hundred and thirty-two (232) Senior High Schools, and with contracts already signed for seventy-three (73), we are well on our way to bridging the digital divide” the President stated.

“Our commitment to every student’s journey into the Fourth Industrial Revolution is unflinching. The “One Student One Tablet” initiative is evidence of our belief in the transformative power of technology. By repositioning our educational system, we are nurturing a generation of empowered Ghanaians armed with the skills essential for our economic prosperity.

“In partnership with the Ministry of Communication and with support from the World Bank, we have birthed the Ghana Skills and Knowledge Bank (GSKB). This centralized hub is poised to revolutionize access to educational resources, offering a plethora of content curated to align with our national curriculum” Akufo-Addo added.

Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), in the President’s estimation, has seen a comprehensive modernisation and expansion drive. New state-of-the-art facilities, Akufo-Addo said, are under construction, whilst existing ones are undergoing renovation and upgrading.

He also pointed out that the Dual TVET Method, combining classroom learning with practical, on-the-job training, is revolutionizing skills development in the country, ensuring learners are well-prepared for their chosen fields.

 

Source: Asaaseradio.com

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