Ghana’s Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has called on the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions to improve their educational outcomes or stand the risk of having their institutions closed down.
He stated that intervention programmes should be put together for schools with a consistent zero to ten per cent pass rate must ensure that majority of their students find opportunities for further studies adding that closing the schools down would help save the nation the huge financial loses being incurred by the government.
Dr Adutwum was addressing members of the Conference of Assisted Senior High Schools (CHASS) and Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region on over the weekend.
The meeting which is an annual event was to share with the stakeholders the current state of education in the country, discuss new development in the sector and answer questions on issues affecting them.
Dr Adutwum indicated that non-performing schools would be closed down and affected students would be redistributed to nearby schools for them to continue their education and become relevant to the nation.
The minister lauded the Heads for their roles in the transformation of education in the country and pledged to continue providing the needed resources and urged them to work very hard to ensure that they attained the right results.
The deputy minister of education, in-charge of TVET, Gifty Twum-Ampofo, MP, reminded the Principals to ensure that students were well equipped for the job market and also let the schools pass through them and not the students passing through the school.
She also urged them to spend time enhancing their capacity through reading relevant courses and books to support their effort at getting the best training for their students.
Presentations were made by the leadership of the Ghana Education Service (GES), National Education Leadership Institute (NELI), Free Senior High School Secretariat, Funds and Procurement Management Unit (FPMU), and the Ghana TVET.