Benjamin Mensah, GNA
Accra, Aug. 14, GNA – Mr Siaka Steven,
Deputy Minister for Bono Region, has agreed to liaise with religious bodies in
the region to enhance formal adult education for the people.
He said education is the bedrock of
development and the nation stood a very bright chance to leapfrog its
development efforts if all citizens had some level of formal education.
With a lot of people not having gained
formal education, Mr Stevens, who is also the MP for Jaman North, agreed in an
interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), to team up with the religious
bodies in the Constituency to organise adult literacy classes for the people in
Mr Stevens, an educationist, and the
immediate past Chairperson of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education,
and past President of Student Representative Council at the University of
Education, Winneba, said when a lot people, especially women are formally
educated, the nation stands to benefit.
He commended the government for
introducing the Free SHS programme and called on all qualified students to take
advantage of the programme and get enrolled.
Mr Stevens said the development of
skills needed for accelerated national development becomes a challenges when
less than 17 per cent of people go to university.
Government, he said, intends to make
education, not only at the basic level available to all, but one that would
ensure the application of practical skills, and ICT for all.
He said: “The redefinition of Basic
Education would include Senior High School, where there would be free access to
education and a change in curriculum.
“It will not be the case of ‘chew and
pour, pass and forget,’ but the application of knowledge for personal
development and industrial progress.
He said poverty and lack of opportunity
has prevented people from accessing formal education, and gave an assurance
that Government would ensure that adult education would be given the needed
boost in the Jaman North Constituency.
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