Ghana’s Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has met the GES staff and Management at the Ghana Education Service (GES) Headquarters to outline his vision for the education sector as the Minister for Education.
Dr Adutwum in his address commended the Management and staff of the Education Service for the successful implementation of the Free Senior High School (FSHS) policy in the last four years by Nana Akufo-Addo.
He extolled the excellent performance of the maiden candidates of the FSHS in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and attributed the glory to the hardworking staff and students of the GES.
The Bosomtwe MP said, “out of 2.1 million candidates that sat the exams from the 5 WASSCE countries; Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Liberia, 465 candidates obtained 8-As in total out of which 411 of them are students from Ghana, and curiously, products of the FSHS programme.”
He challenged the GES staff to replicate this wonderful performance in the Senior High school at the Basic school level as well. He said, “my vision is to create an education system that is second to none in the sub-region”.
Dr Adutwum furthered that his primary objective is to create a public basic education system that would outcompete the private basic school system, where parents would scramble for spaces in the public basic school system.
“It’s doable, but this certainly would need a sense of urgency for change,” the Minister in charge of Education told officials of the Education Service.
Speaking at the event, he acknowledged that all the plans he has for the pre-tertiary education sector cannot be achieved without the GES, hence urging everyone to contribute to the success story that will be told in a decade.
The Teaching Minister tasked the Management of GES to create suggestion boxes and place them at vantage points for Officers and staff to drop their ideas on how best to improve the pre-tertiary education system.
In the Educationist concluding remarks, he asked all the GES staff and Management to be worthy ambassadors of the pre-tertiary education system and embrace all the reforms that are currently ongoing.