UK gov't supports Education Ministry to launch textbooks for basic schools

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Education MinisterThe Government of Ghana on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 launched its provision of textbooks for 5.6 million Ghanaian children in 23,000 primary and junior high schools (JHS) across the country.

With support from the UK government, each child will now have a textbook in each of the core subjects: English, Maths and Science.

The provision of textbooks worth $50,000,000 will mean the situation where two or more children in primary and JHS shared one text book will be a thing of the past, according to a statement from the UK Department of International Development (DFID).

With the launch of these textbooks and accompanying teaching guides, it is hoped that there will be improvement in teaching and learning in all basic schools throughout the country, it added.

British High Commissioner Peter Jones, launching the books, said:

“Education is a major part of UK’s development programme in Ghana recognising our shared commitment to ensuring that every Ghanaian child gets a good education. I am very pleased to be part of this launch which marks the distribution of 13 million new textbooks and teaching guides which is a major step towards this goal”.

Minister of Education Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, who launched the textbooks, was of the hope that basic school teachers will take advantage of the provision of adequate textbooks and perform their duties very well.

Source: British High Commission||Ghana