The Department of Education will tomorrow receive 3,742,624 textbooks from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
A total of 11,135 schools in the Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP) will benefit from the distribution, which will include 1,214,347 students in grades one to three.
In addition, a publisher, Professor Quarm, also distributed 275,000 books for grades one to six, while 629,755 creative arts books for grades one to three and 43,832 teachers’ guides would be sent to schools.
York Press also distributes 246,633 science textbooks for grades one through six and 14,217 teacher’s guides.
The others are Afram Publications, 440,000 English textbooks for grades 4-6 and NNF Publication, 51,087 science textbooks for grades 1-3.
Education Minister Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, who made it known during a press briefing in Accra last Friday, said more textbooks would arrive this week and be sent to schools.
On the USAID books, he said the agency had a distribution system that went directly to schools.
“So USAID books will be coming to schools in the next two weeks. They will be going to our schools,” he said.
On Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) high schools, Dr. Adutwum said that the President after taking office emphasized STEM and started construction of 20 STEM centers.
Some, he said, including those in Jinijini and Accra High School, have been completed and will be operationalized.
Besides STEM centers, he said, there were STEM high schools in Abomosu in the East region, in Kpasenkpe in the North East region; Kwadaso, Ashanti Region; Dabaa, Ashanti Region; Akrodie, Ahafo region; Awaso, North West Region; Weija, Greater Accra; Koase, Bono region; Diaso, Central Region and Bosomtwe Girls in Ashanti Region.
STEM schools in Abomosu, Kpasenkpe, Awaso and Bosomtwe Girls are operational, while the others are under construction.
“We make sure that all the science labs have been done before the schools open and that’s the new normal now. Every school we open, the science lab has to be full,” he said.
On Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the Minister said that $60 million had been secured under the Ghana Jobs and Skills Project as seed money. for the Skills Development Fund.
According to him, one area that has seen a great transformation is TVET, with the provision of equipment, facilities and infrastructure.
Among other things, he said, existing schools have seen the development of their infrastructure with the construction of more schools.
Dr. Adutwum noted that seven technical colleges like the former polytechnics and two technical institutes are under construction and they are the Center of Excellence, Abrankese (Asanti; Boako Technical College (Western North), Kenyasi No. 1 Technical College (Ahafo), Patuda Technical College (Bono East), Dambai Technical College (Oti), Salaga Technical College (Savannah), Guabuliga Technical College (North East), Tolibri Technical Institute (Upper East) and Akyem Awisa Technical Institute (Eastern).
Most of the institutions, he said, were in the new regions, adding that amid economic challenges, the president was forging ahead.
“Within a year or two, they will all be operational,” he stressed.