The Ministry of Education (MoE) says it in due course time will close down some government schools in the country over their poor academic performance and redistribute the affected students to academically good nearby schools.
MoE’s decision comes after the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Adutwum meet with the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training TVET Institutions.
At the meeting with the CHASS and Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training TVET Institutions, the Minister said intervention programs should be put together for schools with a consistent zero to ten per cent pass rate.
The intervention he said will ensure that the majority of students find opportunities for further studies adding that closing the schools down would help save the nation the huge financial losses being incurred by the government.
Dr Yaw Adutwum indicated that non-performing schools would be closed down and affected students would be redistributed to nearby schools for them to continue their education and become relevant to the nation.
He cited the roles of heads in the transformation of education in the country lauded them and pledged to continue providing the needed resources and urged them to work very hard to ensure that they attained the right results.
On the part of Gifty Twum-Ampofo, the Deputy Minister for Education, in charge of TVET, she reminded the Principals to ensure that students were well equipped for the job market and also let the schools pass through them and not the students passing through the school.
The Education Minister in charge of TVET also urged them to spend time enhancing their capacity through reading relevant courses and books to support their effort at getting the best training for their students.
This academic year’s meeting held in Kumasi is an annual event the Education Minister share with heads of schools the state of education in the country, discuss new development in the sector and answer questions on issues affecting them.
The meeting which was in two batches saw all Senior High School (SHS) heads attending on Saturday, March 11, 2023, while Principals of TVET institutions across the country also attended on Sunday, March 12, 2023.
Since he took office in 2021, Dr Adutwum on an annual basis has been meeting Heads of Senior High Schools at the beginning of each academic year. The essence of the meeting has always been to review the previous year’s performance and prepare towards the ensuing one.