Dr. Yaw Adutwum (right), Minister of Education, examining one of the books presented to him by Virginia E. Palmer, United States Ambassador to Ghana
The Ministry of Education has begun distributing 3.7 million Transition to English (T2E) Plus teaching and learning materials and books to basic schools across the country.
The textbooks are distributed to 11,000 schools to help improve reading among pupils from KG2 to P4.
The acquisition of the materials, which was sponsored by USAID, was part of a nine-year project to help the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service improve English reading skills in the country.
The local printers for the materials were G-PAK, a subsidiary of Graphic Communications Group Limited, Buck Press and Sec-Print.
Education Minister Dr Yaw Adutwum who announced it during the presentation ceremony in Accra yesterday[August 30, 2022]said the ministry’s goal is to ensure that basic schools receive the necessary teaching and learning materials to create a continuous pipeline from primary to secondary and higher levels.
“These books are going to public schools in our country and that’s how we create an equitable education system where those in the private sector have the opportunity, but we don’t leave out those in the public sector.
“Others have left, some are on their way and today those will leave here for the classrooms. When students return to school, they will see more textbooks,” he said.
Dr. Adutwum thanked USAID for this initiative which he said has strengthened ties between the United States and Ghana, adding:
“It’s a clear demonstration of how much America cares about Ghana.”
According to him, the project would help transform the fortunes of the country’s education system, saying, “We believe better days are ahead of us, not behind us. But for this to happen, there is a lot to be done. »
USAID’s $96 million project focuses on four critical areas, namely: reading in the early grades, the T2E program phase one, a national radio reading program, and the T2E Plus program.
One of the key elements of the project is the printing and distribution of quality teaching and learning materials to support the implementation of the reading program.
So far, enough teaching and learning materials in 11 Ghanaian languages of instruction and English have been distributed to all 5,325 beneficiary schools.