Mr Mahama Ayariga, Deputy Minister of Education on Monday said Ghana Education Service (GES) has provided guidelines and training manuals for all activities in the district schools.
“The guidelines are instructions to prepare official documents, whilst the training manuals provide information to strengthen understanding of responsible officers on their knowledge, skills and even motivations,” he stated.
Mr Ayariga made this known during the 2012 National Education Sector Annual Review in Accra.
He said a consortium of the training providers has been established by the new training Education Division of GES facilitating the training of key district officers on the new training manuals.
The theme for the workshop was: “Enhancing quality education delivering in a decentralised system.”
He said GES has provided regular training to its staff in the districts and regions to ensure that the staff are equipped to up- to-date and relevant knowledge skills to achieve the goals of the service.
Mr Ayariga who also highlighted the National Apprenticeship Programme (NAP) said 1,600 trainees underwent training in Garments, Cosmetology, Auto mechanics and Electronics in 2011.
He said the NAP was designed as an alternative training route for Junior High School graduates who were not placed in Senior High School (SHS).
He noted that the training which includes the teaching of Information Communication Technology, Entrepreneurial, Basic Literacy and Numeracy skills is being piloted in 50 districts.
“The apprentices will be assessed at the proficiency grade two levels after the one year training”. He added
Mr Ayariga said “progression to SHS is depends on Basic Education Certificate Examination performance and the transition rate currently stands at 50 per cent”.
“Transition rates have been increasing steadily except for the jump witnessed in 2010/11 and resultant decrease in 2011 and 2012.”
“The problem of double reporting of schools in old and new districts is affecting indicators which use different years of data such as transition rates,” he added.