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“Schools In Upper East Not Using Outmoded Textbooks” - Nsowah

2005-04-25 12:47:51
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The Ghana Education Service, GES, has denied media reports that for the past four years, schools in the Upper East Region have not received any new textbooks from the education service.

The Ghanaian Times newspaper quoted the assistant director of education at Bolgatanga, Benedict B. Yindol, as saying that education standards in the region have fallen due to the lack of text books.

The blame naturally, then, falls on the GES. But the Acting Director General of GES, Michael Nsowah, explained to JoyNews that the GES does not replace textbooks until every four years – which falls in September this year.

Other instances warranting the change of textbooks are occasions when textbooks are worn out or when existing ones are stolen.

Mr. Nsowah says figures available to the GES indicate that requests from the Upper East Region have been dispatched.

“ We top up the books with either worn out of stolen ones so that school children in the system will continue to use the books. The delivery data that we have in the various subject areas indicate that the books have been supplied. But as to whether the books have been distributed or not is another issue, he says.

Mr. Nsowah says, new textbooks will not be printed until 2007 when the new educational system will have taken off.

He says the last thing the GES will do is to discriminate in the distribution of textbooks in the country.

“ No region is left out in the distribution, what happens is that we ask for data every year of all children in each class and based on that data we supply logistics. We don’t supply one region and leave out others,” he says.

source: joyfm

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