The Ministry of Education, yesterday, presented teaching and learning materials to education offices for distribution to public schools across the country for the 2016/2017 academic year.
The education materials were presented ahead of the re-opening date, Tuesday, September 13, in order to kick-start a smooth but effective teaching and learning in the first few weeks of the academic year.
They included boxes of chalks, class registers, uniforms, teachers’ lesson notes and exercise books, textbooks and school sandals.
In all, a total of 2.54 million dictionaries, 350,000 attendance registers, 230,000 teachers’ note books, 2.4 million boxes of chalk, 209,415 school uniforms, 40,000 school sandals and 14,500 computers would be distributed to schools.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony in Accra, the Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, urged regional and district education offices to facilitate the delivery of the items to the schools before the re-opening date.
She said the early presentation of the suppliers formed part of efforts to ensure that the first week of this academic term was effectively used for teaching and learning.
“We implore the support of all regional ministers and directors of education as well as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), district directors heads of schools, the unions, storekeepers, auditors and the public to support this exercise to the benefit of our children,” the minister said.
According to the minister, the ministry had increased the number of supplies to the schools to cater for new enrolment, and the increasing population of children in public schools.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang disclosed that her outfit had completed procurement processes for the supplies of textbooks to Senior High Schools (SHSs).
She named the textbooks as Integrated Science, English Language, Mathematics, Social Studies Books 1, 2, and 3 as well as their teachers’ guide, which would soon be distributed to the schools together with assorted technical books.
“Last academic year, based on needs assessment, the ministry procured and distributed a total of 54,948 piece of assorted furniture to both basic and SHS schools across the country.
“In this 2016/2017 academic year apart from the 24,000 pieces of basic school furniture distributed to basic schools across the regions for emergency use, contract has been awarded for the supply of 52,773 pieces of furniture to both basic and secondary schools across the country,” Prof. Opoku Agyemang said.
By Charles Amankwa and Benedicta Ampadu Okyere