The college of Agriculture and Natural Sciences of the University of Cape in collaboration with the Ghana National Exchange Program School and the Ministry of Education has organized an Educational Summit on the theme “Bridging the Gap between Secondary and University Education in Ghana, The Role of Stakeholders”
The summit which was held at UCC on Monday aimed at implementing a national pre-university exchange program for Senior High School students in Ghana.
In a speech delivered by Mrs. Jane Sabina Obeng, Central Regional director of Education on behalf of the Director General of Ghana Education Service, Prof Kwesi Opoku Amankwah, he stated that in order to narrow the gap between secondary and university education in Ghana, it is important that universities collaborate with senior high schools.
“This initiative can be described as the tool that will certainly bridge the gap between the secondary and university education. Indeed there is a gap between the two systems and therefore there is the need for universities in the country to collaborate with the senior high schools to narrow the gap, to give confidence to senior high schools student to desire to pursue the university education”.
According to him, a collaboration between the two institutional cycles of education will boost the confidence level of senior high school students and give them the opportunity to aspire to be enrolled in the various universities in the country.
Prof Amankwah noted that since the role of stakeholders in the education of children cannot be overemphasized, it is necessary for all stakeholders to come on board to ensure students have the best of education.
He added it will be of great help to the nation if more senior high school students get access to university education advising senior high school students to take their studies seriously.
On her part, the Executive Director of National Population Council, Dr. Leticia Adelaide Appiah, who was the guest of honour, emphasized the need for Ghana to prioritize education. She said if education is made a priority in the country, it will enhance the nation’s growth and development.
Dr. Kwabena B. Tandoh, a consultant at the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education who represented the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Basic Secondary education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, also noted that a huge responsibility falls on tertiary institutions and Senior High Schools to work hand in hand to promote more research work in the institutions.
He revealed that the Ministry of Education in partnership with Ghana Education Service is working on a School Accountability Framework that will ensure that schools are held accountable for their duties.
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