The education minister, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has said that the nation’s largest employer, the Ghana Education Service needs a transformation.
According to him, the GES with a staff capacity of 330,000 has been faced with many challenges that have derailed it from carrying out most of its core functions and ensuring that most public schools are focused on learning outcomes.
The minister was speaking at the Ghana Education Service annual 3-day meeting that aims at reviewing the past year and setting targets for the year ahead.
He said the background, ethnicity or gender of a child shall not be reasons why they do not have access to an education.
To enable GES regain its status as a learning organization, I joined their annual 3-day meeting that aims at reviewing the past year and setting targets for the year ahead.
Departments such as the Human Resource, Secondary Education Improvement Programme (SEIP), the Instruction division of GES among others made presentations on their works for the past year and projections for 2019.
The minister demanded accountability for every project under the care of GES and also suggested some changes in the management structure of the service to ensure efficiency henceforth.
“It is my wish that by the end of 2019, more children will have access to Universal Basic Education and the quality of teaching will improve drastically due to the reforms currently ongoing in the teaching sector. Technical and Vocational Education will be elevated to become a prestigious field to enter for lifelong careers and job opportunities,” he added.
He said with the number of reforms (Curriculum, TVET, Teacher reforms etc) being undertaken currently in education, the future definitely looks brighter and fairer, and Ghana stands to benefit from the quality of human resource that will be churned out from schools.