Ghana has been ranked as the best among 12 other countries with class one pupils with good early reading abilities and identification of letter sounds.
The countries are Papua New Guinea, South Africa,
Democratic Republic of Congo, Kyrgyzstan, Tonga, Jordan and Liberia, Uganda,
Mali, Kenya, Nigeria and Egypt.
Ghana’s ranking is contained in the midline report on
a study on Early Grade Reading and Math (EGRM) funded by the United States
Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Ghana Partnership for
Education Learning Activity.
The five-year programme, which started in 2015 and
would end on September this year, is meant to help improve the reading skills
and performance of basic school pupils in Mathematics.
It is being implemented in 7,200 basic schools in 100 districts across the
Under the programme, the USAID sponsored studies on
the EGRM and Teacher Rationalisation, Retention and Language study and
development of relevant teaching materials in a bid to promote quality
education delivery in the country.
Speaking at an Education Research Forum in Accra
yesterday to discuss the findings of the
report, Chief of Party of Evaluating Systems, Monica Gadkari, whose
organisation is evaluating the
programme, said Ghanaian pupils in class one were doing better among the 12
aforementioned countries where USAID was supporting similar projects.
She said results from the EGRM impact evaluation
showed a significant and positive improvement in primary student learning
outcomes in reading and math.
Ms Gadkari said the studies found that pupils in
schools benefiting from the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) performed
better than their counterparts without the GSFP.
Among other recommendations, the Chief of Party of
Evaluating Systems called for the GSFP to be implemented in all the basic
schools across the country.
The Deputy Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, in his remarks commended
the USAID for its continuous support to Ghana to enhance quality education
delivery in the country.
He said the findings of the study would help his
outfit to make better decision to promote quality education in the country.
Dr Adutwum hinted that Ghana would in September this year begin a national
assessment of pupils in public basic schools across the country on English and
He said the objective was to determine the weaknesses
of the pupils of those subjects and initiate strategies to address, saying “we
don’t have to wait for the people to complete basic school before access them.”
The Deputy Mission Director of USAID, Steven Hendrix
commended the government for the inroads the country was making in quality
He said education was key to harnessing the potentials
of the citizens who would play key role in achieving the President’s agenda of
Ghana beyond Aid.
Mr Hendrix said USAID would continue to support the Ministry of Education to conduct research to come out with relevant data to support evidence-based decision and policy making.
By Kingsley Asare
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