Minister of Education Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has urged parents and guardians to support their wards to learn as schools have closed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
They should guide them to take advantage of Virtual learning, which has been introduced by the Ministry and its partners. Dr Prempeh was speaking at the launch of the Ghana Learning Radio Programme via the Webinar zoom platform. It was designed in collaboration with the Otumfuo Educational Fund, UNICEF, USAID, Right to Play, Lively Minds and the Ghana Education Service.
The programme will be Broadcast on GBC’s Radio networks across the country.Mr. Opoku Prempeh commended the partners, especially, USA for the swift intervention it provided for the Programme, which he said would strengthen the ties between the two countries.
The Minister said about four point five million Ghanaians would get the opportunity to learn whilst at home with the launch of the programme. He said 700,000 pupils from the lower grades would benefit from the Ghanaian designed curriculum in all the core subjects, adding that, about 51,000 teachers would be given instructional materials, teaching aids, among others to that effect.
The US Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie Sullivan, said they are committed to improving the reading level of pupils in the Kindergarten and Primary schools in Ghana.
She said the lessons would include Family Health and hygiene, sexual assault, early pregnancy, storytelling, games, reading, writing and imaginative skills. Deputy Director, Quality and Access of the Ghana Education Service Dr Kwabena Bempah Tandoh, said it has developed a Word sheet to help guide parents and guardians.
He said the time table, for now, would tackle six subjects and later be expanded, stating that the one-hour lessons would be aired on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 am to 11:30 am and repeated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 4: PM.