The Deputy Minister for Education in Charge of General Education, John Ntim Fordjour has encouraged teachers to be guided by concepts and skills of differentiated learning to achieve effective learning outcomes at all levels.
Speaking at a workshop he explained that each learner had different abilities and challenges, it was, therefore, important that teachers moved away from the “one size fits all” approach of knowledge impartation to a differentiated approach to make progress.
Differentiated learning, according to Rev. Ntim Fordjour, was one tactic that tailored instruction to accommodate individual learners’ strengths, needs, and learning preferences, and had gained prominence as an effective pedagogical strategy.
The Deputy Education Minister said “We want to ensure that every child gets the opportunity to receive a quality education regardless of what their challenge might be, each one must receive a quality education.
We will continue to do the interventions that are working, spread out training, use phoenix-based approaches and ensure that every deficiency identified from data at district and school levels will be corrected.”
John Fordjour said the educational sector in Ghana wanted to witness a rapid improvement in learning outcomes which was why educational leaders were deemed important agents to be empowered for onward knowledge transfer into the various classrooms.
He cited that in 2015, the Early Grade Reading Assessment conducted showed that only two percent of pupils in class two could read and this propelled the educational system to deploy various trainings and interventions.
“We have seen improvement. When measured through the National Standardized Test (NST) there is now a remarkable improvement from two per cent to 54 per cent of learners in class four reading.
The target now is by the time every child in this country gets to age 10, the child must be able to read proficiently,” Reverend John Ntim Fordjour said as quoted by the Ghana News Agency (GNA).