Takoradi, Nov.28, GNA - Government will continue with the Distant Education Programme to help upgrade the knowledge and capabilities of teachers to improve education in the country.
Diploma holding teachers will by the end of 2010 be made to handle almost all Junior Secondary Schools in the country. These are contained in an address read for Mrs Gladys Asmah, Minister of Women and Children's Affairs, at the first Founders Day Celebration of Young Christians Preparatory and Junior Secondary School in Takoradi.on Saturday.
The Minister, who is also Member of Parliament for Takoradi, said plans were far advanced to assist the Ghana Education Service to support private schools to upgrade their facilities.
Mrs Asmah noted that some private schools were operating in dilapidated buildings and unclean environment.
She said the development of school infrastructure, started by the New Patriotic Party government would be continued and gave the assurance that public schools would be developed, especially those in the rural areas.
Mr Asmah said the government would also restructure the Inspectorate Division of the Ghana Education Service for effective supervision of teachers, adding that hard working teachers would be rewarded.
She said many private schools expected Parliament to pass the Private Schools Educational Bill into law for tax relief, adequate supply of textbooks and other inputs to lessen the financial commitment. She said government had recognised the enormous contribution of the private sector education to national development and would work hard to improve the sector.
Dr Gordon Adika, a senior research fellow and acting director of the Language Centre, University of Ghana, Legon, a past student of the school donated 165 books on mathematics, science, English Language and Literature to the school.