Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the Minister of Education, has called for enhanced stakeholder support in promoting education holistically, to ensure that no individual was left behind.
That, she said, calls for a critical scrutiny of the teaching and learning materials used, teacher education, the syllabus, and look at education as a chain, of which none could be singled out.
She, therefore, called for increased support especially from teachers, to ensure that efforts by the ministry to improve teaching and learning would yield the expected results.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said this when she inspected a consignment of educational materials worth over GHȼ70 million at a warehouse in Accra.
She said the materials, which comprises of mostly dictionaries and textbooks for primary and junior high school level, were procured by the ministry for distribution to all schools across the country according to their population.
She said the effective use of the dictionaries by students, would help improve their vocabularies and improve their performances particularly in the reading subjects.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said her ministry had earlier made efforts to increase the distribution of textbooks for core subjects to the tertiary level and was now expanding it to the lower levels where three children used to share one textbook in 2013, but the situation has currently changed to four textbooks to a child.
She appealed to students and pupils to make good use of their learning time and also the books and handle them well for posterity.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said a critical study of the educational system has revealed certain weaknesses in subjects such as mathematics and science, and these have been traced to the medium of instructions and methods of teaching.
She said these have contributed to the lack of interest in these subjects by students and also the yearly poor performances recorded.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said the dictionaries were a good source of seeking for better understanding of words and improving the diction of both teachers and their students.
She said she was glad that the numerous interventions being put in place by government have begun to bear fruits judging from the current West African Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (WASSCE) results.
She said although the results were not all that good, they were an improvement over that of the previous years.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang commended all teachers for their unwavering efforts and urged them to work harder as the task ahead was great.
She also called on all students to stick to their books and avoid all forms of distractions that would derail their visions and sway them towards failure and destruction.