Basic Education Learning outcomes are improving – Deputy Education Minister

According to Reverend John Ntim Fordjour, the deputy education minister in charge of general education, initiatives carried out in cooperation with national partners have improved learning results at the basic level.

According to him, the percentage of students who could read increased from 2% in 2015 to 38% in 2022, as shown by data from the National Standardized Test. According to Rev. Fordjour, the ministry has been working with Right to Play (RTP), a non-governmental organization, for the past four years to undertake the Partners in Play Project (P3), which aims to improve the quality of education for children between the ages of four and twelve between 2019 and 2024.

Incorporating play-based learning strategies into the curriculum and instructional strategies of schools was another goal of the project.

Rev.Fordjour was speaking at a dissemination session in Accra on the impact of learning through play. The event was organised by the Ministry of Education and RTP on the theme, “Accelerating learning outcomes through play-based approaches: Unlocking the successes and insight from play-based learning programmes in Ghana.”

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Rev.Fordjour said the government was transforming teaching and learning to address gaps in access and quality education in the country. “RTP approaches have impacted some 614 learners across the country and supported the Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcomes Projects (GALOP) schools targeted over 10,000 least performing schools,” he said.

He added that they had reached out to nearly 17,000 teachers who had been trained in play-based learning. “We have seen learners in the intervention schools reading 51 more words per minute than they were reading before the intervention and about 86 per cent of learners within those intervention schools,” he said.

He added that 81 per cent of teachers were also demonstrating effective play-based teaching and delivering confident learning to their learners through play-based pedagogy.

Josephine Mukakalisa, the Country Director of Right to Play, reported that between 2018 and 2023, the organization trained over 4,000 teachers in Gender Responsive Education and Transformation.

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