The conference of Directors of Education (CODE) has praised the double-track system government’s plans to implement to increase enrolment in some selected Senior High Schools across the country beginning September 2018.
The CODE made a firm pledge to help government succeed in implementing the programme at all cost but that all educational policies and reforms should be backed by an Act of Parliament especially that of the Free Senior High School.
This was contained in a 12-page communique issued at the end of the CODE’s 25th Annual Conference held in Tamale.
The communique jointly signed by the CODE’s National President, Mrs. Magaret Frempong-Kore and the National Secretary, Dr. Daniel Annan-Edufful urged the government to embark on a massive infrastructural development at the pre-tertiary level.
The communique also implored the government to adequately supply the required resources particularly textbooks and teachers manuals to enhance teaching and learning.
It further advised the government to restructure the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) to cover more schools to avoid oversubscription and the collapse of others.
The directors of education complained about logistical constraints for which reason government should provide strong vehicles, suitable residential and office accommodation to all Directorates of Education.
The government should timely and regularly release adequate funds to all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Directorates of Education.
The communique demanded the immediate placement of all Director IIs on level 23 of the Single Spine Salary Structure.
The Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Sa-eed said the government was committed to boosting the nation’s human resources through education.
According to him, the implementation of the Free Senior High School Programme has decreased the ratio of school dropouts at the Junior School level.
He said needy but brilliant students now have the opportunity to gain higher academic laurels.
Salifu-Sa-eed reaffirmed government’s determination to address all challenges in the education sector.
“Education will help us to translate and put into good use our abundant natural resources that can propel our economy to become an advanced one.”
“So it is a solid foundation that government wants to lay for the generality of the Ghanaian populace which will inform the fundamentals of our development drive.”