Mr Emmanuel Appiah, Eastern Regional Co-ordinator of Computerised School Selection Placement System (CSSPS) has appealed to the Ghana Education Service (GES) to reduce the number of subjects taught at the Junior and Senior Secondary Schools.
He said the 10 subjects for Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) and eight for Senior Secondary Schools (SSS) did not give students enough time to study subjects that would prepare them adequately for the future.
Mr Appiah made the appeal when addressing participants at the Eastern Regional Sanitation Quiz competition organised at Koforidua in the Eastern Region last Thursday. He noted that English Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and French were important subjects that should be given the needed attention and taught in schools to make the students more focused.
Mr Appiah said French should be included because, Ghana had Francophone countries as neighbours and should be considered as a second official language.
Ms Sarah Simpson, Eastern Regional Co-ordinator of School Health Education Programme (SHEP) said the quiz was to promote hygienic behaviour among school children and improve upon teaching and learning. She appealed to teachers and schools to attach importance to school hygiene and sanitation education.
Seventeen schools that won the quiz competition in the districts participated at the regional level won by New Juaben Municipality with 31 points. Kwahu West District came second with 27 points, followed by Kwaebibrem District with 25 points and Birim South District with 19 points.