Government has procured a total of 2.5million copies of dictionaries at a cost of GH¢70 million for distribution to basic schools across the country.
Out of the number, 1.4 million copies would go to primary schools and 1.1million copies to Junior High Schools (JHS).
Inspecting the consignments at the warehouse of the EPP Books at Legon in Accra yesterday, the Minister of Education Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, said “students cannot excel at the tertiary level without a good and solid foundation at the basic level”.
She said the dictionaries were procured to equip and boost students’ knowledge of the English Language, the medium of instruction for all subjects at the basic and tertiary levels.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang who was accompanied by her two deputies, Mr. Alex Kyeremeh and Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa, disclosed that every region would get copies of the dictionaries beginning next month ad noted that it was not the first time government had procured such materials for distribution.
According to her, the “one textbook per child” at the basic level had been changed to four textbooks to one child, and reiterated the government’s commitment to build solid foundations at the basic level.
The Minister advised students to make use of the dictionaries and all the learning materials provided by government and strive to study hard.
On the recent West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results, she said the ministry “feel encouraged by the results” and that the massive investments in education were beginning to show results.
She thanked all teachers for their efforts and urged them to work harder to ensure improvements in subsequent examinations.
She stressed that there was a holistic approach to all sectors of education by the ministry and urged all stakeholders to support the ministry in its efforts at providing quality education for all Ghanaian students.
By Joseph Edu Archison