NDC will transform basic education with COVID-19 pandemic in mind-Dr. Apaak

Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament Dr. Clement Apaak has assured Ghanaians that the new NDC government will transform basic education to meet the challenges of our now pandemic prone 21st century.

The legislator in a statement higlighting some of the policies the NDC will implement if elected into office revealed that the new NDC administration will invest massively in attaining the three (3) Rs- Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic – at all levels with special emphasis on bridging the gap between private and public basic schools.

”Skills development, blended learning and the Internet of Things (IoTs) shall be at the heart of our modern educational reforms,” he disclosed.

Dr Apaak added that the NDC administration would also provide a compliant and resilient education system.

”In this regard, the next NDC Government will complement the current teaching and learning system through increasing the use of educational technologies. E-learning will be a major priority. We will embark on an aggressive programme of retraining both instructors and learners.”

He argued that ”Our [NDC] proposals in the area of basic education are informed by the fact that basic education is foundational, a prerequisite to harnessing the creative potential of the human resource of our great nation. This is why the next NDC Government will do everything necessary to ensure that no child is left behind, in any part of Ghana. We shall place emphasis on quality, access, and relevance with our new approach to education. Indeed our alternative is better.”

Read the full statement below

The next NDC Government under John Dramani Mahama and Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, a renowned and globally acknowledged educationist, will transform basic education to meet the challenges of our now pandemic prone 21st century.

It is important to state clearly that the John Mahama approach takes into account COVID 19 and other possible future pandemics. And to this end, the NDC will provide a compliant and resilient education system. In this regard, the next NDC Government will complement the current teaching and learning system through increasing the use of educational technologies. E-learning will be a major priority. We will embark on an aggressive programme of retraining both instructors and learners.

The NDC will invest massively in attaining the three (3) Rs- Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic – at all levels with special emphasis on bridging the gap between private and public basic schools. Skills development, blended learning and the Internet of Things (IoTs) shall be at the heart of our modern educational reforms.

Here are ten (10) key highlights of our proposals to modernise, transform and improve teaching and learning in the area of basic education:

1. Expand and refurbish educational facilities to make them fit for 21st century education;

2. Provide all eligible children with emphasis on those in under-served areas, with the necessary support and incentives to remain in school;

3. Increase budgetary allocation to basic education to enhance teaching and learning activities;

4. Provide pre-school facilities closer to markets, ministries and city centres to ease the burden of child-care on mothers and promote productivity while the children learn;

5. Create opportunities for early visual and audio screening of pupils to detect and support children with special needs;

6. Set up a panel of experts to conduct a thorough assessment of the current curriculum and make recommendations on the way forward with the view to improving standards, addressing distortions and bridging the quality gap between public and private basic schools;

7. Embark on a rapid roll out of modern technological learning tools (including blended learning and IoTs) to transform the scope and nature of education at this level acknowledging challenges exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic;

8. Ensure quality learning through allocation of teachers, improved pedagogy, appropriate learning spaces, provision of teaching and learning materials and effective supervision, and motivation and support of teachers;

9. Create opportunities for early visual and audio screening of pupils to detect and support children with special needs

10. Restore Arabic studies which have been taken out of the new curriculum by the NPP, and proceed to recruit Arabic teachers thereby lifting the current ban.

Our proposals in the area of basic education are informed by the fact that basic education is foundational, a prerequisite to harnessing the creative potential of the human resource of our great nation. This is why the next NDC Government will do everything necessary to ensure that no child is left behind, in any part of Ghana. We shall place emphasis on quality, access, and relevance with our new approach to education. Indeed our alternative is better.

Dr. Clement Apaak 
M.P, Builsa South and Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament

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