Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education
The Minister of Education has said Government of Ghana is committed to implement the Pre-Tertiary Bill this year, 2019.
The bill which has been laid before Parliament for passage proposes that District Assemblies shall ensure efficient, relevant and quality education in Basic schools through Basic Functional Literacy Education to meet the needs of the Ghanaian populace in its area of jurisdiction.
The bill envisages that District Education Offices shall act as the Education Department of relevant District assembly.
This in bring into line with Article 35 Section 6 of the 1992 Constitution and the departments of education youths and sports of the MMDAs as clearly stated in the Local Governance Act 936 of 2016.
The Education Minister, Dr. Opoku Prempeh (Napo) said the best way to ensure effective democracy is to allow grassroots participation via decentralization, “and that is what we seek to do in basic education, to ensure that decisions, powers and responsibilities relating to the level of our education system are under taken at community level.”
He declared the active involvement of Local Authorities in the supervision of schools will help to promote accountability and as well uplift the standards of education.
Napo added that District Assemblies would be mandated to manage basic education at the district levels (decentralization). “This means teachers will no longer have to have their issues such as salaries and areas travel all the way to Accra for resolution.”
Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh further stated that, peoples concern that the Assemblies may lack adequate expertise to manage the teachers is already resolved through the absorption of the district education office into the district assembly structure.
The implementation of the Pre-Tertiary Bill will enhance management of the public basic schools through a decentralize structure and this will have positive effect on Ghana.
He assured that the Education Ministry or Government will continue to invest in the education of the Ghanaian citizenry because “it is the right thing to do”.
He made the claim at the Ghana Teacher Prize Durbar on Saturday, October 5 in Kumasi.
He posited again that teachers are the centre of Ghana’s education and every reform government seeks to pursue relies on them, therefore government will continue to invest in them.
He reiterated Government will also equip them with the necessary tools to enhance their work. It will as well provide the right skills and aptitude to enable them deliver their mandate in a more efficient manner.
By Joe Marfo