Government procures over 1,000 cars and pick-ups, 2,000 motorbikes for education sector Featured

Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia yesterday handed over 365 double-cabin pick-up trucks and 493 motorbikes to officials of the Ministry of Education, in fulfilment of President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to ensure that Ghana’s education sector is adequately resourced to deliver improved learning outcomes.

The pick-ups and motorbikes are part of a total of 840 trucks, 350 buses and 2,000 motorbikes procured by the government, through GETFund, to retool and resource the education sector.

Two-hundred and sixty of the pick-ups are being allocated to cover all the metropolitan, municipal and district education offices and support their management and supervision roles.

The remaining 105 pick-ups are expected to be distributed to the Ministry of Education and its agencies.

Beneficiaries

The agencies include the National Inspectorate Board (NIB), National Council on Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), National Accreditation Board (NAB), Ghana Library Authority, Free SHS Secretariat, Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), National Teaching Council, Centre for Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOSS), National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations (NABTEX) and the Non-Formal Education Division.

The motorbikes will be distributed to circuit supervisors in seven of the 16 regions, with the remainder of both bikes and pick-ups expected to arrive and be distributed by the end of the month.

An additional 350 buses (100 33-seater and 250 66-seater) will soon be distributed to senior high schools across the country to facilitate effective teaching and learning.

Human capital

Speaking at the handing-over ceremony, Vice-President Bawumia reiterated the Akufo-Addo administration’s belief that Ghana must pay particular attention to the development of human capital if it is to make any headway in its quest for economic development and efforts to build a resilient and capable society.

“Expanding the knowledge capability of citizens is not only good for our socio-economic development, but it is also good for democracy and how we govern ourselves,” Dr Bawumia said.

“This is what drives this government’s commitment to the education sector: to ensure that every Ghanaian child has the opportunity of quality education, no matter their family circumstances. Our Free SHS programme is hinged on this core belief and vision, that barrier-free access is particularly important in the drive towards an educated population,” he stressed.

Purposeful drive

Making reference to ongoing education reforms, the Vice-President said President Akufo-Addo is conscious of that it is not enough simply to put more children in school.

“There must be a clear and purposeful drive towards ensuring quality learning outcomes, and we are relentlessly pursuing that path, with a review of the KG to Primary 6 curriculum, teacher training reforms, and a more robust school inspection regime, among several other initiatives,” he said.

Dr Bawumia added: “In our education governance framework, a director of education is expected to carry out a vast range of tasks, which include playing professional, administrative and other non-professional roles. Especially at the district level, the director of education plays a critical frontline role. We simply cannot ignore the education directorates in our efforts to resource pre-tertiary education in this country and subsequently improve learning outcomes.”

The Vice-President pledged the Akufo-Addo government’s continued investment in education of Ghana’s citizens, insisting that “it is the right thing to do”.

“We will continue to invest in our frontline managers of our educational institutions because they are central to any education reform we seek to pursue, and we must equip them with the necessary tools to enhance their work to enable them to deliver their mandate in a more efficient manner, responsive to the needs and challenges of the 21st century. We will not relent on this commitment,” he declared.



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