A former Director-General (DG) of Ghana Education Service (GES), Ms. Benedicta Naana Biney, has paid a courtesy call on the Director-General of the Service, Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, at his office in Accra.
The former DG was present to acquaint herself with the various reforms being implemented by the Service and to offer some opinions for enhanced service delivery.
“The Free SHS policy has really touched every household in the country. Your leadership role in its smooth implementation has been phenomenal and inspiring”, the former DG stated.
In his remarks, Professor Opoku Amankwa said he was grateful to the former DG for her visit and that the Service will continue to allow for effective partnership with individuals and stakeholders for improved service delivery.
Ms. Benedicta Naana Biney was Director-General of GES from April 2010 to January 2014, when she officially retired from the Service.
The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has handed over One Hundred and Twenty Buses to Senior High Schools across the country at a ceremony held today at the Accra High School.
Making the presentation, Dr Prempeh stated that he was honoured to, on behalf of H.E. President Akufo-Addo, hand over these buses in fulfillment of government’s commitment to ensure that the education sector was adequately resourced to deliver improved learning outcomes in this country.
He said that in the course of the year, vehicles and motorbikes had been distributed to Regional Directors of Education, Circuit Supervisors and various senior high schools, in a bid to support education delivery.
The Minister urged the various School Heads who had been given the responsibility for these vehicles to ensure that they were taken good care of so that they could serve the purpose for which they were imported.
Dr. Prempeh reiterated that Government would continue to invest in the frontline managers of the country’s educational institutions because they were central to the education reforms that the Ministry sought to pursue.
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The Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, has in a short ceremony at the University of Ghana, opened a 5-Day Trainer of Trainers workshop for 6240 participants on the new curriculum named Common Core Programme (CCP) for Junior High Schools. The Greater Accra Region has about 630 participants attending.
The workshop is being organized by the Ghana Education Service in collaboration with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) at ten (10) centres spread across the country.
The Director General explained that these participants are in turn expected to train over 96,000 teachers in the respective 260 districts.
“But for the CoVID19 pandemic, this training should have been held between April and June, and we’d not have disturbed your Yuletide festivities”, the Director General said, and thanked the teachers. ”I appreciate you for turning up in your numbers at a time when you’re expected to be celebrating Christmas with your families”
Prof Opoku-Amankwa indicated that the President of the Republic, H.E Nana Akufo-Addo had earlier in one of his Covid 19 addresses to the Nation indicated that schools must prepare to re open in January 2021, “We in the Ghana Education Service must therefore hold ourselves in readiness in anticipation of Schools resumption, particularly, as we prepare to roll out the CCP curriculum under the National Pre-tertiary Curriculum Framework (NPCF)”.
The Director General further clarified that the Common Core Programme is meant to bring teaching and learning in Ghana up to speed with the new approaches in the fast changing 21st century Education.
The CCP is expected to offer more relevant, more practical and a broader opportunity to students to make informed choices for further education or to enter the world of work.
According to the Director General the Common Core Programme will run for a four year duration before students would be permitted to select elective subjects they will pursue at the Senior Secondary School level.
The Regional Director of Education for the Greater Accra Region, Madam Monica Ankrah, in her welcome address commended the participants for their massive response to the workshop invitation amidst Yuletide activities.
The Regional Director impressed upon the participants to be serious with the workshop because it’s so critical to the value chain of transferring and imparting knowledge through this Common Core to the classroom teacher.
The workshop is expected to end on Thursday December 31, 2020
Techiman Senior High School in the Bono East Region, has been crowned champions of the 2020 Ghana Science Olympiad (GSO) at the grand finale held on Thursday 26 November, 2020, at the Science Resource Centre, Cantonments, Accra.
Techiman SHS beat tough competition from twenty other finalists during the three-day intensive three tier tests that consisted of Integrated Science practical, theory written in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Agriculture Science and Mathematics.
The twenty (20) finalists (schools) have scaled competitions from the preliminary contests held at Sunyani and Tamale for the two hundred and thirty-one (231) schools.
At the ceremony to crown participants for their scholarly arts in the sciences, speakers took turns to praise the organizers of this wonderful competition among the less endowed Senior High Schools in the country.
Prof Atinuke Adebanje, of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, KNUST, encouraged the participants and the awardees to strive towards academic heights in the sciences as there are opportunities for all students to pursue higher education to the best of their abilities.
The Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, in a goodwill message read on his behalf by Mrs. Felicia Agyeibea Okai, Director at the DG’s Secretariat, underscored the importance of science education as the nation moves towards industrialization via STEM through the application of vocational/technical skills in developing the country.
There were exclusive prizes for schools and individual participants for excelling.
Techiman SHS received Minister of Education Special Award of a 55-inch smart board. This smart Board contains content installed to facilitate the teaching of the sciences in audio video character. The school also received a giant glittering trophy, plaque and a certificate.
Kumasi Senior High Technical and Wesley Grammar School, Dansoman, placed second and third respectively. They received trophies, plaques and certificates.
The Director General’s Special Awards went to individuals for demonstrating brilliance among forty (40) participants.
Master Mikail Tauhir of Kumasi Senior Technical School, was adjudged the overall Best Student. He received the Director-General’s award of Laboratory Equipment, a Samsung tablet, plaque, books and a certificate.
Master Derrick Nartey, Wesley Grammar SHS, Dansoman-Accra and Joseph Frimpong-Kotei, Techiman SHS, placed second and third respectively
Victoria Mends of Armed Forces SHST, Burma Camp, came top as the Best Girl. She received a tablet, certificate and a set of books.
Director of the Science Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service, Mrs. Olivia Serwaa Opare, was grateful to Hon Minister of Education, the Director General and his able deputies, the management of GES, technicians, examiners, consultants and all persons who made this third edition of the Ghana Science Olympiad a huge success.
The Management of the Ghana Education Service has organized a 5-Day Orientation workshop for 205 potential district directors at the Noda Hotel, Fumesua, Ashanti Region.
The orientation that started on Monday 29 November is expected to end on Friday 4 December 2020.
These newly promoted Director IIs are expected to occupy vacant positions in the Service at the District and Regional Education Offices and at the headquarters, Accra, as and when they become available.
Management members led by the Director General, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, Deputy Director General, Mr Anthony Boateng; Esq, (Management Services), Dr. Kwabena B. Tandoh, (Access and Quality), Mrs Adjoa van Vicker (Dir, HRMD) Mrs Patty Assan, Schools and Instructions), Rev. Dr. Christian Koramoah, (Financial Controller), Mrs Bernice Addae, Special Education) among other Divisional Directors took turns to make presentations to the participants.
The presentations centred on management processes and procedures in the Service and also on some of the institutional reforms being embarked by the service and supervisory responsibilities as Directors of Education.
The Hon. Minister, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh passed through to share his thoughts with the team. He expressed appreciation to Council and Management for the work done so far.
He added that there was more to be done to improve on the activities of the service and learning outcomes. He urged all to be committed in pursuing the mandate of providing quality education to the Ghanaian child.
The Chief Director, Mr Benjamin Gyasi and some Ministry officials were present as well.
The DG, DDGs, Divisional,Regional Directors and Unit Heads took turns to present on their activities, achievements and challenges.
The 2-day meeting which began on Wednesday 25th Nov, 2020 at Royal Lee’s hotel – Tutu Akuapem, in the Eastern Region came to a close today.