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Adopt a more involving approach to teaching - GES

2011-05-11 22:09:24
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Mr Stephen Adu, Acting Deputy Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), has called for a shift from the current approach to teaching at the basic level to "a more involving approach" which will make teaching and learning participatory among pupils.

He said the current approach where "teachers stand before the pupils and talk as if it were a lecture" made pupils to become "passive learners," a situation resulting in drop-out of children from school especially in deprived rural communities.

Mr Adu said shifting to a more involving approach therefore, would imbibe enthusiasm among pupils, enabling them to learn at their own pace and thereby improving quality of education especially at the basic level.

He made the call on Thursday in Tamale at the launch of a Learning and Development Centre (LDC) of the School for Life (SfL) a Northern Ghana based non-governmental organization (NGO), which provides functional literacy programme for children within the ages of eight to 14 years.

The LDC would among other things provide services such as developing teaching and learning materials, planning and developing relevant training programmes and translation of relevant materials into Ghanaian languages.

The clientele of the SfL’s LDC include the Ministry of Education (MOE) and its implementing agencies and NGOs, amongst others.

He said the current approach had lowered the quality of education at the basic level saying about 64 per cent of school pupils in the country could not read or write whiles the figure for those who could not perform well in numeracy was even worse.

He said even though access to education at the basic level had increased significantly due largely to interventions such as the Capitation Grant, School Feeding Programme, Free School Uniforms and Free Exercise Books, there was the need to explore other policy options if the country was to achieve universal primary education by 2012 as envisioned by the government.

Mr Adu said there was still about five per cent of Ghanaian children of school going age who were not in school.

He said in view of this, MOE was working out a collaborative strategy with other stakeholders to embark on a mapping strategy to identify all children who were out of school to mainstream them into the educational system.

He called for effective public private partnership to improve the country’s education standards.

He commended SfL for its activities and assured that MOE would continue to collaborate with it (SfL) to improve education at the basic level in the country.

In a speech read for him, Mr Moses Bukari Mabengba, Northern Regional Minister, said "government recognizes that providing education to all is a responsibility that must be shared among various stakeholders in partnership with one another".

Mr Mabengba noted that "the much talked about public private civic-partnership has a lot of merit and should be vigorously pursued".

He commended SfL for launching the LDC saying "SfL stands out as a unique brand that provides a chance to a large constituency of out-of-school children to acquire education".

Mr Sulemana Osman Saaka, Programme Director of SfL, said in its 16 years of existence, SfL had enrolled over 100,000 out-of-school children in its community-based literacy classes adding that 80 per cent of the figure was integrated into the formal school system.

He said the launch of the LDC was to position SfL to provide technical expertise to organizations including government and other stakeholders in education both within and outside the country.

Mr Saaka called on all to access the services of the LDC for enhanced education delivery in the country.


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