Prof. Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Education Minister
Prof. Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Education Minister

She held that the Ministry had the oversight responsibility on all educational interventions in the country, whether public or private, insisting that all educational interventions should be in sync with the policy directives of the Ministry.

Prof. Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Education Minister
Prof. Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Education Minister

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang registered the concern when she interacted with the Country Director of the Department for International Development (DFID) of the UK, Jim McAlpine in Accra on Wednesday.

The meeting, a follow up to a recent one held between her and Nick Hurd, Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in London, discussed issues of concern, especially the activities of NGOs in education across the country and to agree on acceptable coordination and reporting mechanisms.

The Minister was concerned that the Ministry was not in the known of the activities of the NGOs, who do not submit reports in terms of what they were engaged in, where and for what purpose.

She disclosed that, to be able to get to the bottom of the matter, she had requested for the list of all NGOs in education operating in the districts, their locations, addresses and the activities they were engaged in to enable the Ministry, apart from monitoring them, ensure better coordination and reporting mechanisms for better results in the interest of the people of Ghana.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang noted that it was difficult to tell the kind of scholarships that some of the NGOs offered Ghanaian students and whether those interventions were going to serve the interest of the beneficiaries in future.

She also noted that because of the lack of proper coordination, there was the likelihood of duplications in the activities and programmes of most of these organizations and which could end up not serving the needs of the beneficiaries in particular and the country in general.

On sustainability of all the interventions in the sector by these NGOs, she said it could only be established after the Ministry was able to identify their sources of funding and how they could sustain their activities after the donors wrapped up.

The Minister commended DFID for the Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) project which had already yielded positive results in the training of teachers but again expressed concern about its sustainability after the duration of four years ends.

Touching on the DFID’s request to Ghana for a proposal to support capacity building in the universities especially in research, the Minister said she needed more information on the issue before any inputs could be made.

Earlier, the Country Director said his organization was enthusiastic to support the Ministry in any way possible.

On her part, Janice Dolan, Education Adviser of DFID, said they would provide a policy framework under a steering committee to oversee what the NGOs were actually doing in the country.

She promised to work hard to ensure better coordination as well as get their reports to the Ministry.

Present was Mrs Welhemina Asamoah, Director for Tertiary Education.

SOURCE: GNA

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