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06.03.2006 Education

Govt committed to quality education delivery

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Sekondi March.6-GNA-Mrs Angelina Baiden-Amissah, Deputy Minister of Education and Sports in-charge of Basic and Teacher Education on Sunday said the Government is committed to ensuring that every child gets access to good quality education irrespective of social standing, race or colour.

She was speaking at a Church service as part of the 60th anniversary celebration of the Holy Child Training College, Sekondi and Holy Child School, Cape Coast at Sekondi.

The theme for the service was "60 years of Quality Catholic Education-Gender Equity".

Mrs Baiden-Amissah said education is a right and not a privilege as enshrined in the constitution and this is what the school reforms of 2007 would seek to do.

She said the introduction of the Capitation Grant is a pragmatic way of ensuring that financial barriers such as fees and levies are removed to enable all children avail themselves of the services of the school system.

Mrs Baiden-Amissah said, "In this sense, the payment of Capitation Grant, the Ghana-Nepad school feeding, provision of furniture and textbooks and construction of more classroom blocks are making Ghana realize some of its goals in the education sector".

She urged teacher trainees to take advantage of the long distance education programme and sandwich programmes to upgrade themselves after their graduation.

Mrs Baiden-Amissah said, "Government is preparing feverishly to pay for the cost of modules and tuition for the Distance Education" adding "A scheme is being prepared to allow teachers who qualify for vehicles to acquire them through hire purchase".

She advised students to refrain from having multiple partners, as this would induce them to yearn for more money and consequently suffer breakdowns "For the love of money is the root of all evils".

They should also obey elders at home and school and abide by school orders, rules and regulations because effective teaching and learning exist when there is peace in the school, Mrs Baiden-Amissah said. She said many Ghanaians have high preference for mission schools because they are institutionalised, maintain academic excellence and moral discipline and these attributes are characteristic of Catholic schools.

Mrs Baiden-Amissah said the Catholic Church has played a part and is continuing to play her role in the education delivery of the country. In a Homily, Most Reverend John Martin Darko, Catholic Bishop for Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese advised female student to take their studies seriously and exercise patience to enable them get married only after the completion of the courses.