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Mr. Jacob A.M. Kor, Central Regional Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES), has called for community participation in education, to increase supervision to enhance teaching and learning.

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He said community participation, such as the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), the School Management Committee (SMC), the Board of Governors and all relevant stakeholders, played pivotal roles in the improvement of education, which unfortunately were taken for granted in some areas.
Mr. Kor who made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said if serious attention was paid to community involvement in education, it would go a long way to improve the falling standards..
He described 2014 as interesting, even though very challenging, saying all stakeholders, including teachers, parents, traditional authorities, non-governmental organizations, among others, were ready to help improve education in the region.
The Regional Director indicated that the interest shown by the stakeholders had whipped up the interest in him to also work hard to transform education in the region.
On the feats achieved by the region during the year, Mr. Kor was elated that the region recently hosted the National Best Teachers?Award successfully.
The Mfantsipim School, he said also won the National Science and Mathematics Quiz for the first time since 1999, and the region placed third in the National Sports Competition.
Out of the 200 community schools earmarked to be built by government, the region was benefiting from five, with some of them at the completion stage.
Mr. Kor hinted that the GES had targeted to attain a zero teacher absenteeism for 2015, which he said had reduced considerably since 2013, and increase teacher-time on task from 45 percent to 100 percent.
Again, teachers? skills would be updated to teach 21st Century skills in the four core subject areas- English, Mathematics, Integrated Science and Social Studies.
The sector, he added, intended creating the enabling environment, specifically a child-friendly one, to increase enrollment and ensure that all children of school-going age were in school.
He had, therefore, proposed a management efficiency upgrading course occasionally for basic school heads who were supposed to lay the foundation for pupils at the basic level, in order to chart a smooth course for their secondary and tertiary education.
Mr. Kor has also appealed to parents and guardians to support their wards? education, not with finances alone, but strict supervision towards the children?s progress in their education.
He described the Central Region as geographically and strategically positioned, noting that ?looking at the geographical location of the region with its vast natural resources, they could be harnessed for the development of the region and Ghana as a whole.?
In a goodwill message, he wished all workers in the Education sector of the region well in the coming years, and called for all hands to be on deck, to transform the region back to its former glory as the hub of education.


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