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21.12.2007 Education

Reading To Be Re-Launched Into Schools Curriculum

The Volta Regional Directorate of the Ghana Education Service is to re-launch reading into the schools curriculum to arrest poor academic performance of pupils and students in the Region.
Mrs Olivia Sosu, Volta Regional Director of Education, who announced these at the second meeting of the Volta Regional Coordinating Council in Ho in the Volta Region  yesterday observed that many basic pupils could not read and understand either their textbooks or other materials.
Mrs Sosu said the initiative was to ensure that pupils at primary four were able to read and understand their textbooks and other storybooks and urged all stakeholders, especially teachers to support the programme by writing story books.
She attributed the poor academic performance of pupils and students in the country to the 'overloading' of the schools curriculum with undesirable subjects and called on government to review it.
Mr Kofi Dzamesi, Volta Regional Minister, in an address said the government had done very well by way of executing policies and programmes based on its three developmental pillars such as good governance, infrastructural and human resource development despite formidable problems including high cost of fuel and the power crisis.
He noted that government had constructed, rehabilitated or was constructing several trunk and feeder roads across the Region.   Mr Dzamesi said many school projects from the basic level through the tertiary level had either been completed or ongoing with other infrastructural development and called for support from all.