Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, has urged the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training TVET Institutions to improve educational outcomes or risk having their institutions closed down.
He stated that intervention programmes should be developed for schools with a consistent zero to ten percent pass rate to ensure that the majority of their students have opportunities for further studies, and that closing the schools would help save the nation the huge financial losses that the government is incurring.
Dr. Adutwum made the call over the weekend while speaking to members of the Conference of Assisted Senior High Schools (CHASS) and Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in Kumasi on Saturday and Sunday.
The purpose of the annual meeting was to share with them the current state of education in the country, discuss new developments in the sector, and answer questions about issues affecting them.
The meeting was held in two batches, with all SHS heads attending on Saturday and Principals of TVET institutions from across the country attending on Sunday.
Dr. Adutwum stated that underperforming schools would be closed, and affected students would be redistributed to nearby schools to continue their education and become relevant to the nation.
The Minister praised the Heads for their contributions to the transformation of education in the country, promising to continue providing the necessary resources and encouraging them to work hard to achieve the desired results.
Ms Gifty Twum-Ampofo, MP, the Deputy Minister for Education in charge of TVET, reminded Principals to ensure that students were well prepared for the job market and to let schools pass through them rather than students pass through them.
She also urged them to spend time improving their capacity by reading relevant courses and books in order to support their efforts to provide the best possible training for their students.
The Ghana Education Service (GES), National Education Leadership Institute (NELI), Free Senior High School Secretariat, Funds and Procurement Management Unit (FPMU), and Ghana TVET Service all made presentations.