Affiliating Grade C schools to Grade A is a good idea – IEPA boss
The Director-General of the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) says the Education Ministry’s initiative of affiliating Grade C schools to Grade A schools is good.
Dr Mike Boakye-Yiadom said that even though it might not be a top priority since there are more urgent issues that need to be addressed.
He highlighted issues such as inadequate infrastructure, inadequate teaching and learning materials, and feeding-related problems with the Free Senior High School program, the issue of affiliation should not be discarded.
The Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, after a consultative meeting in Kumasi with the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), revealed it was introducing a policy to associate all lower-performing senior high schools with grade A schools.
The initiative, he explained, is to imbibe the principles of the grade A schools into the grade C schools to improve their academic performance.
But the Director-General of the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration explains that mentorship and coaching are great enhancers of school leadership and, if done well, are likely to promote exemplary leadership in pre-tertiary education.
Additionally, he’s convinced grade A schools are recording good grades and making grade C schools tap into the experiences and culture of such schools would be a good idea.
“How do these Grade A schools achieve their successes in the midst of the challenges? How do we create an intentional platform for Grade C schools to learn from Grade A schools? I believe this initiative may answer the question,” he stated.
Source: Richard Kwadwo Nyarko