In an effort to sharpen the managerial and leadership skills of Directors of Education, about 200 participants comprising district directors, frontline officers and headquarters and regional staff of the Ghana Education Service (GES) have attended a three-day leadership training workshop at the KNUST International Centre for Innovative Learning in Kumasi.
Participants were drawn from the 20 UNICEF focused districts in addition to headquarters and regional staff of the GES.
The workshop, which was on the theme, “Leadership for change,” was organised by the Teacher Education Division of the GES and UNICEF.
It aims at equipping the GES management staff with leadership and managerial skills to enhance their job delivery.
Dr. Evelyn Owusu Oduro, Director of the Teacher Education Division, in her remarks at the closing session, observed that education in Ghana has improved tremendously in terms of access to universal basic education for all children, but indicated that there was more to do to improve quality education at all levels.
“While welcoming the Sustainable Development Goals which focus on inclusive and quality education as well as promoting long-life education for all, there is the need for us to rethink about new strategies to improve upon quality education which seems to decline constantly over the years,” she said.
According to her, the issue of quality leadership has been a problem of the educational system across all levels, adding that “we need to find a lasting solution to the menace.”
She reminded the participants of the role in using the knowledge gained to lead the crusade for improved leadership and management in the educational sector and urged them to avail themselves of the capacity development opportunities.
Dr. Oduro charged the participants to apply the new skills acquired to effect changes within departments and directorates for the benefit of the sector.