The Reverend Jonathan Bettey, Public Relations Officer of Ghana Education Service (GES) disclosed this at the 40th Anniversary celebration of Base Ordnance Depot (BOD) Basic School in Accra.

It was on the theme: “Quality Basic Education, the key to success.”

Rev Bettey said quality basic education is a powerful bedrock on which any higher education and training grows.

He said it is true that quality education occurs only if the right personnel and resources are available and put into good use.

Rev Bettey said the GES had made great strides in reducing the cost of accessing basic education through the implementation of the Capitation Grant, School Feeding and the free distribution of uniforms and exercise books.

He said access to kindergarten education has increased consistently to more than 2,000 kindergartens as in line with the expansion of KG facilities the gross enrolment rate of pupils is more than 96 per cent.

At the Primary School level, Rev Bettey said access had recorded 21,309 schools with the enrolment ratio of 99 per cent while junior high school stands at 13,000 schools as enrolment ratio stands at 99 per cent.

On teachers, he said: ‘We have over 150,000 trained ones in our basic schools and the GES still supports them including untrained teachers with in-service training programmes or them to perform.
Rev Bettey urged teachers to take advantage of the special workshops on subjects such as English Language, Mathematics and ICT being organised by the GES for teachers to improve upon their skills and performances.

Mr John Kofi Delasi Bonuedi, Chief Executive Officer of Delbond Limited, said for education to be of quality, it must encompass even more with respect to participation in deliberately researched and designed extra curricula activities.

He urged parents, teachers’ educational authorities and past students to contribute to ensure the relevance of the current educational system to the fast changing global economy.

“We all have the responsibility to educate the next generation of informed citizens, introducing them to the best knowledge and instilling in them a love of knowledge and culture for their own sake, “Mr Bonuedi added.

Mrs Abigail Mary Larweh, Head teacher of the school said the school, which started in 1976, had produced many graduates some of them occupying key positions.

She enumerated some of the challenges facing the school as lack of library and computer laboratory.

Mrs Larweh expressed the hope that in spite of the challenges the school would rise high among the 19 Garrison schools.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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