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Regional News Fri, 18 Jul 2014

Gov’t, religious bodies to establish MOU on school management

Plans are far advanced for the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the government, religious and other bodies in the management of public schools established by those bodies.

The final draft of the memorandum is ready and has been submitted to government for consideration by the religious and other faith-based bodies, Mr. Cosmos B. Yeleduor, Upper West Regional Manager of the Catholic Educational Unit has announced.

He said the memorandum, when it becomes operational, would help remove the bottlenecks in the educational system.

Mr Yeleduor made this known at a peer learning session of Regional Managers of the Catholic Educational Unit, Directors of Education, and representatives of other faith-based organisations, to share best practices, ideas, experiences, knowledge and models that would help enhance quality education service delivery in the country.

He said the Catholic Educational Unit and other faith-based bodies were aware of the dwindling standards of educational institutions in recent times, and called for a more proactive approach to rescue them from further decay.

The issue of quality education for schools, he said, had been one of grave concern to successive governments, and efforts being made towards achieving quality education in Ghana must involve policy-makers and operational actors.

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Mr Samuel Zan Akologo, Executive Secretary at the National Catholic Secretariat, said it was the intention of the Catholic Educational Unit to collate all the best practices, and document them to serve as a guide to help promote quality education.

He said a partnership between government and the Catholic Educational Unit, as well as other faith-based organisations, would address most of the challenges confronting education in the country.

He gave the assurance that the forum would help bring out some critical innovative learning in service delivery and management practices to enhance quality education.

The forum was on the theme: “Managers of Education for Quality Education,” and was jointly funded by DFID, DANIDA, the EU and the USAID, and supported by Star Ghana.

The participants discussed issues on discipline, effective supervision, teachers’ deployment, general environment of school, girl-child enrolment and retention, as well as attitudes of teachers towards children, teacher quality and making learning easy and interesting for children among others.

Source: GNA
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