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Govt to minimize elective courses of academically weak students

By: Emmanuel Wilson

The Akuffo-Addo Addo led administration prides itself with providing quality education for Ghanaians hence the introduction of the free senior high school policy which came as a result of his predecessor ex-president Kuffour’s free Junior high school policy.

According to the current minister of education Mr.Yaw Osei Adutwum, government is looking at implementing measures to take out some elective subjects in the junior high school level.

For him, it is worrying and unacceptable that students who cannot read or write are still given many elective subjects to do in school, than focusing on literacy and writing skills courses.

Dr Adutwum made the disclosure at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education stakeholder meeting in Accra on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.

The event was held under the auspices of the National Teaching Council.

For the Education Minister, the current education system in the country does not favour “weak” or underprivileged students and need to be improved.

Dr Adutwum noted that it is better to offer students who cannot read or write additional literacy courses than being offered additional elective courses which do not help them to read or write.

“Why is it that, a student who cannot read is being offered additional courses?” he quizzed, adding that “There will be interventions for those who cannot read or write. Their elective courses will be reduced consequently,” he stressed.

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