Non-Formal Educ Div to be renamed Alternative Education Agency

Mrs Catherine Appiah Pinkrah (inset) launching the day.Photo Michael Ayeh

Mrs Catherine Appiah Pinkrah (inset) launching the day.Photo Michael Ayeh

The Ministry of Education is re-structuring the Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) into a new agency to be called the Alternative Education Agency (AEA), the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has disclosed.

He said the AEA would be responsible for the implementation of a national alternative education strategy that would take care of the numerous educational needs of Ghanaians outside the formal education system.

Dr.Prempeh said this in a speech read on his behalf on Saturday at the launch of this year’s International Literacy Day (ILD) which was on the theme, ‘Empowerment through literacy and skills’, in Accra

The theme is a call on literacy practitioners to integrate and find perfect mix for literacy and skills development.

International Literacy Day was instituted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to alert institutions and countries about the detriment of illiteracy.

According to Dr Prempeh, the AEA would roll out programmes, including a functional basic literacy programme equivalent to primary three, which would target the youth and adult non-literate, school drop-outs and neo-literates.

He said the agency would also have an occupational skills development programme for jobless adults for them to acquire a diploma certificate in entrepreneurship.

It would also have a compulsory basic education focusing on out-of-school children between six and fourteen years as well as remedial classes for junior and senior high school graduates who were unsuccessful in their respective examinations, he added.

Dr Prempeh also indicated that, the agency would offer a Ghana General Education Diploma, which was a university mature entrance examination to target mature entrants to the universities.

He said with this, the AEA would collaborate with the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to conduct standardised diploma certificate to be accepted for entry to all the universities.

He explained that, it was imperative to revitalise functional literacy and alternative education “to deliver thousands of people who are still crawling in various aspects of life due to illiteracy”.

The Minister of Education said there was the need for critical thinking and re-strategising as the way forward for the eradication of illiteracy

The acting Director of Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) of the Ministry of Education, Francis Asumadu said the commemoration of the International Literacy Day provided a new strategic direction to tackle the fight against illiteracy.

BY JEMIMA ESINAM KUATSINU

 

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