President Akufo-Addo Launches $219 Million project

President Akufo-Addo Launches $219 Million project
  • The government will invest over $219 million on a comprehensive set of interventions to boost quantitative and qualitative service in the education sector
  • The GALOP initiative is co-sponsored by the World Bank and DFID
  • Through the Free SHS policy, 1.2 million Ghanaian children are now in the country’s education ecosystem
  • The Ghana Accountability and Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP) will drive qualitative standards and quality in over ten thousand low performing basic schools

 

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President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

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|The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has launched the Ghana Accountability and Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP), which will help drive standards and quality in some ten thousand low-performing basic schools across the country.

Launching the Project on Thursday, 18th June 2020, at Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo indicated that, despite the numerous steps Government has taken, over the last three and half years, to improve basic education in the country, a lot more work needs to be done.

Here are some of the problems the project seeks to resolve

  • The problem of low learning outcomes

According to the President, “we must address the problem of low learning outcomes that reflect in the performance of some of our children at the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA), Early Grade Mathematics Assessment (EGMA), and Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).”

  • To improve the quality of teaching and accountability regimes

To achieve the desired improvement in learning for all of Ghana’s children, who go through the school system, in literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking skills, the Government, the President said, is determined to ensure that children in every part of the country are taught by professional teachers.

  • To ameliorate the constraints in the education sector The government partnered with the world bank

“We remain focused on ensuring equitable teacher deployment and strengthening accountability regimes. That is why the Government is pleased to be collaborating with the World Bank in introducing the Ghana Accountability and Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP),” he added.

|Under GALOP, the Government will invest some two hundred and nineteen million dollars ($219 million) on a comprehensive set of interventions that address constraints from teaching to learning in our schools.

Through this Programme, teachers, in the early grades, will be provided with continuous training, in line with the new curriculum; schools will receive teaching and learning materials; heads of schools will be trained on improved school management techniques, and supervision and assessment systems will be strengthened,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo expressed confidence that the implementation of GALOP will help drive standards and quality in Ten thousand (10,000) low-performing basic schools, across the country.

Expressing his appreciation to the World Bank and DFID, co-sponsors of the Project, the President reiterated the commitment of his government to the goals of the Project.

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What reforms have been implemented to improve education in Ghana?

The President’s espoused on his desire to turn the face of education in Ghana and gave credence on his promise since assumption of office in January 2017.

 “I made no secret my intention of putting education at the heart of my vision for the growth, development, and transformation of Ghana.”

That is why the Government has implemented significant reforms to improve access, quality of education, infrastructure, teacher training and professionalisation, curriculum development, school inspection, and technical and vocational education and training.

Through the Free SHS policy, President Akufo-Addo noted that 1.2 million Ghanaian children, the largest in the history of the country, are now in the country’s education ecosystem, four hundred thousand (400,000) of whom would otherwise have been excluded.

 

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