Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education, has issued a challenge to the Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institutions and the Conference of Heads of Aided Secondary Schools (CHASS) to enhance educational achievements or face the possibility of having their institutions shut down.
In his remarks to the Conference of Assisted Senior High Schools (CHASS) participants and Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) organizations in Kumasi on Saturday and Sunday, Dr. Adutwum made this announcement.
He emphasized that a school should develop intervention programs if its pass percentage consistently ranges between zero and ten percent.
He said that by doing this, the majority of their students would be given the chance to continue their education rather than becoming a burden on their families and the wider community as a result of failing their examinations.
He said that shutting the schools would assist the country avoid the significant financial losses that the government was suffering as a result of the institutions’ continued operation.
In situations where schools are shut down, the affected students are would be transferred to other neighboring schools so they may continue their education, according to Dr. Adutwum.
The purpose of the yearly meeting with CHASS was to update them on the condition of education in the nation, review recent developments in the field, and address any concerns they may have.
All SHS heads attended the conference on Saturday, and on Sunday, the principals of TVET schools from around the nation joined them.
He praised the leaders for their contributions to the development of education in the nation and promised to keep giving the necessary funding. He also urged them to put in a lot of effort to guarantee that they got the desired outcomes.
Dr. Adutwum also advised the heads to refrain from refusing to admit first-year students because some items on their prospectus had not been acquired.
He said that “no pupil should in any manner be turned away from school because the parents have not been able to obtain certain items on the school’s prospectus, at least, let them come to the school and the remainder might be obtained with some time.”
The Education Minister criticised the inclusion of several more unapproved elements on the school prospectus, which over time resulted in the prospectus for first-year students becoming bloated.
He cautioned the leaders against taking any actions that would deter students from attending school or restrict their access to it.
Dr. Adutwum asked the heads to make it their mission to establish a conducive environment for students to learn and to avoid interfering with their studies.
The principals were reminded by Ms. Gifty Twum-Ampofo, the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of the TVET sector, to make sure that students were prepared for the workforce and to allow the schools move through them rather than the students passing through the school.
In order to support their efforts to provide the finest training for their kids, she also advised the principals to spend time developing their skills by reading necessary courses and books.
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 Ghana TVET Service.