Education Minister to close down non-performing schools
The Conference of Heads of Aided Secondary Schools (CHASS) and Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institutions have been tasked by the Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, to enhance educational outcomes or risk having their institutions shut down.
In his remarks to the Conference of Assisted Senior High Schools (CHASS) participants and Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) organizations in Kumasi on Saturday and Sunday, Dr. Adutwum made this announcement.
He emphasized that a school should develop intervention programs if its pass percentage consistently ranges between zero and ten percent.
He claimed that by doing this, the majority of their students would be given the chance to continue their education rather than becoming a burden on their families and the wider community as a result of failing their exams.
He claimed that closing the schools would help the country avoid the significant financial losses that the government was suffering as a result of the institutions’ continued operation.
In situations where schools are shut down, the impacted kids are transferred to other neighboring schools so they can continue their education, according to Dr. Adutwum.
The purpose of the yearly meeting with CHASS was to update them on the state of education in the nation, review recent developments in the field, and address any concerns they may have.
All SHS heads attended the meeting on Saturday, and on Sunday, the principals of TVET institutions from around the nation joined them.
He praised the leaders for their contributions to the development of education in the nation and promised to keep giving the necessary funding.
Don’t put up obstacles
Dr. Adutwum also advised the heads to refrain from refusing to admit first-year students because some items on their prospectus had not been acquired.
He said that “no pupil should in any manner be turned away from school because the parents have not been able to obtain some items on the school’s prospectus, at least, let them come to the school and the remainder might be obtained with some time.”
The Education Minister bemoaned the inclusion of numerous more unapproved elements on the school prospectus, which over time resulted in the prospectus for first-year students becoming bloated.
He cautioned the leaders against taking any actions that would deter students from attending school or restrict their access to it.
Dr. Adutwum advised the heads to make it their mission to do everything within their power to provide a conducive environment for students to study in peace.
The principals were admonished by Ms. Gifty Twum-Ampofo, the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of the TVET sector, to make sure that students were prepared for the workforce and to let the schools move through them rather than the students passing through the school.
In order to support their efforts to provide the greatest training for their pupils, she also urged the Principals to spend time developing their skills by reading pertinent courses and books.
The National Education Leadership Institute (NELI), the Free Senior High School Secretariat, the Funds and Procurement Management Unit (FPMU), and the Ghana TVET Service all made presentations. The Ghana Education Service (GES) also made one.
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