Manifesto – Education

Early Childhood Care and Development

We will:

  • Strengthen regulation on the establishment of pre-schools to meet the required standards and best practices in early childhood care and development;
  • Review and implement the national policy on ‘Early Childhood Care and Development’ and broaden parental participation in the implementation of the policy;
  • Strengthen collaboration between the Ministry of Education and the Department of Social

Welfare in the provision of pre-school and kindergarten education including the training of teachers;

  • Continue to allocate more resources for the rehabilitation and construction of kindergarten facilities throughout the country;
  • Establish special schools in designated Colleges of Education to train teachers solely for Early Childhood Care and Development.

 

Primary and Junior High School Education

We will:

  • Complete the process of eliminating the remaining public schools under trees, and abolish the shift system countrywide;
  • Continue the provision of free school uniforms, free exercise books and free footwear for needy pupils;
  • Expand the School Feeding Programme to all public basic schools in rural and peri-urban communities;
  • Review the Capitation Grant;
  • Continue to ensure improvement in Special Needs Education;
  • Continue to facilitate the acceleration of ICT education by training more teachers in the subject area;
  • Continue the supply of computers to basic schools and establish ICT laboratories for selected schools;
  • Work with the Ghana Education Service to reintroduce civic education (including introduction to the Constitution of Ghana) into the basic school curricula;
  • Pilot the use of electronic textbooks (e-books) using tablets.

 

Second Cycle Education:

Senior High Schools

We intend to:

  • Complete the construction of the 200 Community Day Senior High Schools;
  • Expand the progressively free SHS programme to cover boarding students with emphasis on needy students;
  • Review the Computer Selection for Schools Programme to make it more effective and equitable;
  • Renovate and expand the facilities in existing Senior High Schools to increase capacity for admitting more qualified JHS graduates;
  • Continue to provide facilities for students with learning disability to pursue their educational programmes effectively.

 

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

We will:

  • Implement the 2nd phase of the Skills Development Fund to provide grants to over 120 private sector businesses to upgrade skills and acquire innovative modern technology to enhance their productivity;
  • We will encourage more girls to select TVET as a career option
  • Improve linkage between TVET and industry
  • Increase capacity for technical training, 30% of the new community senior high schools will be fitted with technical workshops and facilities to offer technical and vocational programmes;
  • Appoint a deputy minister with primary responsibility for TVET and technical education at all levels;
  • Align vocational training properly under the Ministry of Education to enable better supervision;
  • Ensure that the new Technical Universities maintain their core mandate of science and technology training;
  • Continue the implementation of the Ghana TVET Voucher Project to support the training of 25,000 Master Craftpersons and apprentices in productive skills in the Volta, Greater Accra and Northern Regions;
  • Accelerate the agenda to make technical and vocational education attractive for young people to acquire employable skills;
  • Rebrand and strengthen Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) so that it becomes attractive to high-performing students;
  • Continue to equip and retool the TVET institutions with requisite facilities;
  • Establish 50 Community Centres for Integrated Skills Development (COCISD).

 

Pupils and Students with Special Needs

  • Introduce special incentives at the basic and second cycle levels for all pupils and students with special needs.

 

Tertiary Education

We plan to:

  • Establish a new College of Education as an Instructor Training College for TVET at Agona Swedru in the Central Region;
  • Complete the University of Environment and Sustainable Development at Somanya and its satellite campus at Donkorkrom in the Eastern Region;
  • Complete the establishment of three additional Colleges of Education in the underserved regions of Greater Accra, Central and the Northern Regions;
  • Continue to implement the Transforming Teacher Education and Learning Programme (T-TEL) to cover professional training for 35,000 teachers in all the Colleges of Education;
  • Complete the conversion of the ten (10) Polytechnics into Technical Universities and adequately resource them to ensure the provision of advanced technical, vocational and technological training;
  • Support capacity building for Faculty of Technical Universities and the tertiarized Colleges of Education;
  • Continue to resource the public tertiary institutions to improve quality and expand the intake of qualified applicants;
  • Provide additional facilities to augment the operations of the new Medical Schools of the University of Cape Coast, University for Development Studies and the University of Health and Allied Sciences;
  • Initiate a review of medical training in Ghana with the objective of increasing the number of doctors to address the health needs of unserved and under-served parts of Ghana;
  • Create an enabling environment for the increased establishment of high-standard private sector Medical Schools, which are well regulated and properly maintained;
  • Continue to make allocations from the GETFUND for the training of Faculty members of tertiary institutions and provide scholarships for the training of critical manpower needed to drive Ghana’s transformation agenda;
  • Continue to engage and deepen support to private tertiary institutions to deliver on their mandate;
  • Continue to extend the Student Loan Scheme to students in all accredited Tertiary Institutions;
  • Continue to engage private tertiary institutions to focus training on the human resource requirements of the nation;
  • Amend the GETFUND Act to extend support to private tertiary institutions engaged in science and engineering training.

 

 

Virtual Campus Concept – Distance Learning and Open Schooling

We propose to continue supporting the Centre for National Distance Learning and Open-

Schooling (CENDLOS) to harmonize open and distance learning activities.

 

Non-Formal Education

We intend to:

  • Increase support to, and empower the Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) of the Ministry of Education to enable it make the necessary interventions for life-long education in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Number Four;
  • Continue to support the implementation of the National Literacy Programme.

 

Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Development

We will:

  • Encourage the learning of sign language at various levels of the education system;
  • Strengthen the National Teaching Council, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, and the National Inspectorate Board to perform their assigned roles under the Education Act 2008 (Act 778).

 

‘Teacher First Agenda’

As far as practicable, we will:

  • Provide accommodation for teachers who accept postings to deprived rural schools;
  • Re-introduce incremental credit for Science, Mathematics, Technical and Vocational Teachers (TVET);
  • Continue to issue financial clearance to employ more graduate teachers as and when appropriate;
  • Support teachers in science, mathematics and TVET to upgrade their skills;
  • Work with GNAT, NAGRAT & CCT on exchange programmes for teachers
  • Continue the expansion of the Untrained Teachers Diploma in Basic Education (UTDBE)

Programme to further reduce the number of untrained teachers in the school system

 

Science and Mathematics Education

We will:

  • Continue to strengthen the teaching and learning of Mathematics and Science and provide special support to motivate teachers and pupils;
  • Enhance the Mathematics, Science and Technology Scholarship Scheme (MASTESS) to support needy students to opt for mathematics and science based programmes at both secondary and tertiary levels of education;
  • Re-introduce incremental credit for Science, Mathematics, Technical and Vocational Teachers;
  • Continue to upgrade equipment for the teaching and learning of Science, Technical and Vocational subjects;
  • Continue to provide consumables for effective and efficient use of the Science Resource Centres;
  • Introduce new strategies for attaining the national objective of 60:40 admission ratio in tertiary institutions in favour of the Sciences.

 

Linking Education to Industry

We will:

  • Establish a unit under the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) to coordinate interventions for linking tertiary education to industry;
  • Continue to promote collaborative programmes between industry and tertiary institutions to increase opportunities for practical training and internship. Incentives will be provided to industries and businesses that provide more room for internships;
  • Continue to review curriculum development of tertiary institutions to meet the skills and human capital needs of industry;
  • Support the Ghana Statistical Service to resume the production and publication of the monthly Labour Market Statistics to inform programme choices and accreditation at the tertiary level;
  • Continue to make entrepreneurship training a key component of the education system.

 

Education Bills

Government has initiated bills that are designed to respond to the changing dynamics in professional education, education sector decentralization, book development, adult education, tertiary education and technical and vocational education. The under-mentioned bills are being processed for enactment:

  • Chartered Institute of Bankers Bill
  • Education Bill
  • Library Services Bill
  • Ghana Book Development Agency Bill
  • Non-Formal Education Agency Bill
  • Tertiary Education Research Fund Bill
  • National Commission for Tertiary Education Bill
  • National Accreditation and Qualifications Agency Bill