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02.09.2003 Regional News

Circuit supervisors end training workshop

By GNA
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Sekondi, Sept 2, GNA - Rev. Ama Afo Blay, Director General of the Ghana Education Service, on Tuesday said the service would not make any meaningful impact on the lives of children if teachers do not change their attitude to work.

She said strict regulations and compliance policies alone cannot bring about improvement in public schools but rather, a collaborative approach by teachers, supervisors, parents and the community can change the current trend.

Rev Blay was speaking at the close of a nine-day training workshop for 157 circuit supervisors, inspectors and unit managers of the GES at Sekondi.

It was under the theme "Strengthening the competencies of school supervisors and managers for Improved teacher Performance and Learning Outcomes."

Rev. Blay said government's expenditure on education should be matched by the results of basic examinations.

''In spite of the government's financial, logistical and infrastructure support for public schools their results are not improving.''

Rev. Blay appealed to teachers to re-organise themselves and assist children, especially those in deprived areas to improve upon their results to enable them to gain access to senior secondary and tertiary institutions.

She said, in order to make the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) and Education for All (EFA) feasible, the GES would soon implement the Report of the President's Committee on Review of Education Reforms by introducing a campaign dubbed "Reading for All." "Under this campaign, school children would be encouraged to read books in whatever language they find them," she said.

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