Deputy Minister of education in charge of pre-Tertiary Education, Dr Yaw Adutwum, has disclosed that, colleges of education across the country will no more accept grade D7 as a cut-off point to admit students in the 2019/2020 academic year.
The Minister made this known when he was speaking on secondary education reforms, Free Senior High School Programme (FSHSP) and School Ranking System at a workshop on secondary education improvement project orientation organised for journalists by the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service.
The Minister said, as part of the current educational reforms, the cut-off point for colleges of educations will be grade C6 and not grade D7.
He added that as part of the reforms, government would train all head teachers to be able to use collected data to improve performance of students in the secondary education level in various schools in the country.
This he believes will aid the Ministry to rank the performance of the schools at the end of every year by grouping schools with similar features.
The Minister also said his outfit will be giving enough training to teachers as to how to adopt the best practices in teaching at the secondary and lower levels of education.
According to him one of the surest ways to better education is the introduction of the Free Senior High School policy by the NPP Government to support parents who could not afford to pay their wards’ school fees.
The Free High School is a flagship intervention programme introduced by the government to widen the gates of opportunities to every child in Ghana.
Under the policy, the cost of SHS education has been absorbed by the government to improve quality, address equality issues associated with education in the country and, importantly, ensure that every child acquires employable skills by the time he or she leaves school.
The Bosomtwe Constituency legislature, was also quick to add that, government has allocated enough funds to the Education Ministry for the implementation of the Free Senior High school programme.
He also dismissed claims that the NPP Government is planning to establish an education fund that will cater for the programme, saying it was a suggestion from Ghanaian business persons.