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30.04.2007 General News

Educational reforms was long overdue - Headmaster


The Minister-in-Charge of Maranatha Methodist Church, Ghana, Very Reverend Isaac J. Aidoo, has commended government for coming out with the new educational reforms, which he said, was long overdue.

He cautioned the government to put in place the necessary infrastructure to ensure that the reform takes off successfully without any problems.

Very Rev. Aidoo was speaking at the 5th Anniversary celebration of the Maranatha Society Guild in Accra.

The Maranatha Guild, which was founded on July 18, 1997 and inaugurated on November 2002 aims at building comradeship among Christians in the church as well as mobilising the youth in the Methodist Church for God's work.

Very Rev. Aidoo, who is also the Headmaster of the Wesley Grammar Senior Secondary School called for the motivation of teachers, which he stressed, was critical to the success of the programme.

"Teachers are going to be the main agents for the reforms and without a well motivated teacher, the programme is bound to suffer," he added.

He said because the new reforms was going to be extended to four years the first two years could be used for general programmes to assess students on their performance whiles the remaining two years could be used by students to select a particular course for their future career.

He said the previous three-year programme was very short and difficult to assess students properly for a particular course.

Very Rev. Aidoo also called for the expansion of infrastructure at the country's tertiary institutions to accommodate more students who would be coming out from the second cycle schools in order not to waste the nation's human resource.

He expressed the hope that when the new programme becomes well functional, many students would, this time pass their examinations once without going for any remedial classes, which had become a drain on the pockets of parents.

Very Rev. Aidoo further urged parents, School Management Boards, the GETfund and other stakeholders
in the education sector to support the new reforms in order to make it successful.

Source: GNA