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Education Ministry takes steps to address challenges affecting learning outcomes

BY: Emmanuel Bonney
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Education Minister, addressing the participantsvv
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Education Minister, addressing the participants

Cabinet has approved the setting up of an Education Leadership Institute (NEI) to train leaders in the education sector.

The NEI, which would be rolled out in February next year, will address poor leadership and management, inefficient supervision, the lack of accountability and inadequate teacher training, which is affecting learning outcomes in the country.

The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, announced this at the Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Development (ASCD) stakeholders’ summit on the education leadership development programme in Accra last Friday.

The two-day summit was geared towards sharing ideas and coming out with plans and strategies for the piloting and rolling out of the NEI.

The summit brought together various stakeholders in the education sector such as the Ministry of Education and members of ASCD.

Permanent institution

Dr Adutwum indicated that the ministry planned to set up the NEI as a permanent institution dedicated to educational leadership training to offer long-term, tailor-made leadership programmes with certification for current and aspiring school heads, heads and staff of agencies of the ministry.

The institute is being set up by the Education Ministry in collaboration with reputable education institutions with track record and with support from Jacobs Foundation and Big Win Philanthropy.

Dr Adutwum indicated that the ministry was keen on strengthening school leadership to drive the agenda for reforms and learning, strengthen the education system and improve 21st-century skills for learners.

Good initiative

A Senior Advisor to Ghana ASCD, Dr Jill Harrison Berg, lauded Dr Adutwum for initiating the establishment of the NEI for the country, so that it could empower stakeholders in the nation’s education space since the training would retool the leaders to be more productive towards the transformation of the economy.

She urged stakeholders in the country to contribute to the rollout of the NEI, which stood the chance of turning things around for the nation’s education outcomes.

Dr Berg, who is also an education consultant, described the NEI establishment as very important and ambitious, which could create an opportunity for students to attain their expected goals as well as receive many benefits from their education in the country for their well-being and the benefit of the country.

The Executive Director of ASCD Ghana, Dr Charles Yeboah, said the establishment of the NEI was a magic wand that could fast-track improving learning outcomes at all levels of education in the country.

He stated that currently, 70,000 educational leaders were being targeted to be trained over time but hinted that the piloting would involve 300 educational leaders from three regions yet to be selected.