Government initiates project to promote reading proficiency in primary four

The Ministry of Education has rolled out an initiative to ensure 90 per cent reading proficiency in primary four.

The initiative christened: ‘Communities of Excellence Programme (CEP)’, seeks to build a strong network of highly literate communities across the country where no child is left behind in accessing education.

Under the programme, adaptive learning ecosystems are developed within districts and communities to provide all school-going children with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, tools, and equitable opportunities to reach their full learning potential.

The programme is led by the Ghana Education Service and facilitated by Transforming Teaching, Education, and Learning with funding from the Jacobs Foundation.

Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, who launched the initiative in Mamfe in the Eastern Region, said the government was committed to providing the necessary support to improve teaching and learning.

‘We want to make sure that every child will read in Ghana by the age of four. We ha
ve begun the process of supporting teachers, bringing in literacy coaches, and educating chiefs, community leaders, Assembly members, and opinion leaders to focus on how to improve teaching and learning,’ he said.

The World Bank, to improve educational outcomes, launched a project called ‘Learning Poverty’, which measures the reading proficiency of students in primary four at age 10.

The Minister said around the world, about 87 per cent of students in developing countries cannot read, including Ghana, adding that the CEP was to address the deficiency in reading in basic schools.

He said the programme would be implemented in 700 communities across the country, describing the initiative as ‘a watershed moment to transform the country’s socio-economic development’.

The programme outcome, the Minister stated, was to ensure 90 per cent of pupils demonstrated foundational learning competencies in English, Mathematics, and socio-emotional development.

The participating schools are expected to demonstrate improv
ed leadership and management.

He said the government had constructed new STEM schools across the country, including Accra High School and Abomosu, to compete with the rest of the world.

He said the government had made strides in investment in education, leading to increase in school enrolment and learning outcomes.

Dr Adutwum said the introduction of the free Senior High School in 2017 had increased admission from over 800,000 students to over 1.4 million students.

The interventions, he stressed, had led to improvements in the West African Senior Secondary Examinations test scores, of which the average performance improved from 38.73 per cent in 2006 to 69.73 per cent in 2023.

Nana Ansah Sasraku III, Mamfehene, commended the government for the initiative and lauded the Minister’s enthusiasm and passion for education, describing the initiative as ‘the foundation to holistic development’.

He expressed satisfaction about the Minister’s enthusiasm and passion for improving educational learning outcomes, cal
ling on all and sundry to support the project to succeed.

Nana Sasraku III, urged the government and stakeholders to develop ways to address the menstrual problems faced by female students since some of them were unable to attend school during such periods.

He urged the government to withdraw taxes on sanitary pads to make it more affordable and accessible for female students to attend school regularly.

The Chief appealed to corporate institutions to help make sanitary pads free for pupils and students at the basic level to achieve the government’s agenda of not leaving any child behind in education.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Upgrade yourself in modern technology -Students told

Accra: Miss Gifty Twum Ampofo, Deputy Education Minister in charge of Technical, Vocational, Education, and Training (TVET), has urged students to upgrade themselves in modern technology.

She said the dynamics in technology reflected the idea that technological advancements, innovations, and capabilities were not static hence the need for upgrades.

‘This dynamism is a characteristic of the ever-progressing nature of technology, with new ideas, methods, and tools emerging to replace or enhance existing ones,’ the Deputy Minister added.

Ms Ampofo said this during the launch of the 75th anniversary of Accra Technical University (ATU) in Accra.

The theme is: ’75 Years of Impacting Society and Driving Innovation’.

She advised master craftsmen and women to avail themselves of modern technological training and take advantage of the digital era.

The Deputy Minister said the government identified TVET as a key player in addressing issues of youth unemployment and poverty and said under the Education Regulators A
ct 1029, they had established the Ghana TVET Service to ensure that all the pre-tertiary TVET institutions were working with the right curricula and had teachers, among others.

Professor Amevi Acakpovi, Acting Vice Chancellor, ATU, said the theme encapsulated the rich history and transformative journey of the Institution.

He said for three-quarters of a century, ATU had been at the forefront of influencing minds, fostering innovation, and leaving a lasting mark on society for 75 years.

‘As we reflect on our remarkable past, we also look ahead with optimism and determination to continue our mission as an institution,’ Professor Acakpovi added.

He said the University was established some 75 years ago by the colonial administration to train artisans, craftsmen, and copy-typists, and that since then, it had trained and continued to train tens of thousands of young men and women in various technical disciplines.

The Ag Vice Chancellor said in 2016, ATU was among six other polytechnics to be converted into Tec
hnical Universities by the Technical University Act 2016 (Act 922).

Professor Acakpovi added that following the conversion, the University had become a centre for cutting-edge skills development, research, and education.

He said the University still struggled with encroachment issues at the Mpehuasem campus, bad access road from Medie Junction to the campus, inadequate staff, no dedicated laboratories, and workshops, and called for support from the government and stakeholders.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor said in addressing the University’s infrastructural needs, it was undertaking the construction of a five-story lecture auditorium.

He added that additionally, plans were underway for the construction of accommodation facilities to further enhance the overall campus environment.

‘ATU remains committed to aligning with emerging developments and technological advancements, ensuring its continuous relevance in the dynamic landscape of education, especially in the field of technical education,’ he said.

ce: Ghana News Agency

Chief donates computers to Saqquafiya Islamic School at Gauso

Nana Amoako Tuffuor II, the Chief of Abadwum in the Obuasi Municipality, has donated five sets of computers and accessories to the Saqquafiya Islamic Junior High School at Gauso in the Ashanti Region.

This forms part of his educational improvement drive in schools in his traditional area, aimed at improving teaching and learning of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Nana Dramani Karim Gauso III, Chief of Gauso, who presented the computers on behalf of Nana Tuffour, said the donation was part of the Abadwumhene’s contribution to the development of education in the communities under his jurisdiction.

He said ICT would expose the children to opportunities in the communication technology sector to help them pursue careers there as the world migrated to the use of digital platforms.

He appealed to students and pupils to develop interest in ICT and charged the school authorities to make judicious use of the computers.

Nana Karim Gauso said the chiefs were collaborating with the Ghana Education Ser
vice to ensure that every child of school-going age was enrolled and retained in school.

‘This will make sure that parents and guardians would be discouraged from engaging their children and wards in other activities during school hours,’ he added.

He said the chiefs had arranged with management of the Obuasi Senior High Technical School to enable pupils from Gauso to have access to the school.

On sustaining the existing peace in Gauso, Nana Karim Gauso said the leaders had engaged the youth to sensitize them on the need to stay out of trouble.

The youth had been reportedly engaging in communal violence, a situation that opinion leaders in the community had described as worrying, affecting the good name of the community.

Mr Nurudeen Osman, the Headmaster, who received the items, said though the children were doing well, the lack of resources had hampered the teaching and learning of ICT and commended the chiefs for the support.

The headmaster mentioned sanitation issues as some of the challenges facing
the school, including the absence of better washrooms, especially for girls, and called on the Assembly and other benevolent groups to assist.

Source: Ghana News Agency