The Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, on Tuesday inaugurated a state-of-the-art Kindergarten block at Komenda, in the Central Region with a call for concerted efforts to build strong educational foundations for children.
She noted that with the mainstreaming of Kindergarten into basic education, more infrastructural and human resource development was needed, and said government would continue to ensure that quality education was accessible to every Ghanaian child.
The block is an addition to the Komenda M/A Primary School. It is part of a 19.7-million-dollar educational project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through a Government of Ghana and United States partnership.
It has classrooms, a staff common room, dining hall and a playing ground for the pupils.
Prof Opoku-Agyemang said government, with support from various development partners, was implementing policies, programmes and interventions aimed at improving access to quality early childhood education.
She said as part of such policies, government had prioritised early grade learning and training in seven colleges of education in the country and was hopeful that coupled with other interventions the efforts would yield positive results.
She listed other interventions in the education sector to include provision of teaching and learning materials for school pupils which she said had significantly improved the ratio of text book to pupil from a book to three pupils in 2013 to four books to a pupil.
She said Government was in the process of procuring additional text books for senior high schools as part of its efforts to improve education at all levels in the country, reaffirming government’s commitment to do so with the support of all stakeholders.
Nana Kojo Kru II, Omanhen of Komenda, expressed gratitude to Government for its efforts over the years and while promising to maintain the facility. He called on parents in the area to show keen interest in their children’s education.
Earlier, the minister and officials from the ministry visited some schools in the region on what has come to be known as “my first day at school” tour to check their preparedness on the first day of a new academic year during which she interacted with pupils and encouraged them to stay in school and learn hard.
On behalf of government, she presented school uniforms, sandals, reading and writing books and other stationery to pupils while the Apewosika M/A Basic School in the Cape Coast Metropolis received in addition, 20 laptop computers.
Interacting with the press, she said the first week in the new term was equally essential as any other day and must be taken serious and indicated the need for parents to ensure that children were adequately prepared for school.
She said the donation of the items were to cushion parents who could not afford them , stating that the lack of such items which created inferiority complex among the less privileged pupils often kept some pupils away from school.
From Jonathan Donkor, Komenda