The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr Jacob Kor, has directed heads of public basic and second-cycle schools in the country to forward their needs to their respective district directors for immediate action.
The needs assessment should include an inventory of furniture, books, structures and other facilities required to ensure effective teaching and learning.
The directive is intended to address various challenges that impede effective teaching and learning in the schools.
The Head of the Public Relations Directorate of the GES, Rev. Jonathan Bettey, who disclosed this to the Daily Graphic in an interview, explained that, the heads were supposed to submit their needs assessment to their respective district directors, who would in turn forward them to their various regional directors for onward submission to the GES Headquarters in Accra.
The Daily Graphic, in yesterdays issue, published a story from Abesu in the Sunyani West District where pupils kneel on the bare floor to write.
The school, which has 122 pupils, has only 11 dual desks. On a daily basis, it borrows benches from a nearby local Roman Catholic Church for use.
Upon the publication of the story, the Brong Ahafo Regional Directorate of Education released six hexagonal tables and four dual desks to the school.
The Sunyani West District Assembly has also pledged to support the school with more furniture.
“Early in the morning when I got to the office and I saw the publication, I quickly called the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, to brief him on the issue.
“The minister said the ministry was making provisions to remove such schools from the system to improve teaching and learning,” Rev. Bettey explained.
According to him, his office contacted the Sunyani West District Director of Education to find out the real situation on the ground.
“When we contacted him, he was already in a meeting on measures to alleviate the suffering of the pupils and improve the learning condition in the school,” he added.