The entire management team of Read Ghana Foundation (RGF) wish to congratulate Prof Opoku Amankwa as the new Director General of the Ghana Education Service.
As a foundation that is into Literacy related issues among basic school pupils in the country,your appointment came as no surprise to us since we are of firmed believe that,you have all the wherewithal to perform the huge task that lies ahead of you as a result of this appointment to the superlative.
Again,we are convinced that,your natural qualities of seriousness,selflessness, hard work,determination, humility,team spirit and commitment to duty will enable you to immensely discharge the expected positive transformation to the country’s educational sector and thereby making it one of the best in Africa and the world at large.
As someone who had directly impacted the lives of some of us back at the University and as an Associate Professor of Department Of Publishing Studies-KNUST it is our optimum hope that,you will do your possible best in formulating new policies that will be aimed at promoting Literacy among Ghanaian School Pupils.
It is a fact that,majority of our Ghanaian school pupils cannot read and understand English coupled with great challenges in writing legibly.
In addition,it is also a fact that,children’s success or failure begins at early childhood years.
It is however very sad and unfortunate that,in our country over the years only a little attention had been given Kindergarten Education.
We have not paid serious attention to the foundation which is KG but we are always expecting a very good end result.
The fact remains that,the BECE results starts far back KG.
Poor foundation at the first levels of Education are the major causes of low literacy and numeracy in the primary school level and this permeates through to Junior High School and so on.
It is again highly evident that,this denies most pupils the opportunity to develop cognitive and psycho social skills which are indeed the very ingredients that builds a solid pillars of Literary, Numeracy and Problem solving skills.
It is our prayer that,the good Lord who appointed you to this highest office of GES will continue to guide, direct,protect,strengthen, encourage and inspire you throughout the period of your office.
As a Literacy Foundation,we will throw our unflinching support in your quest to help address issues concerning literacy in the country.
Our expectation is committing to a vision in which anything less than 100% functional literacy is unacceptable and also to sweep away the saying that,if you want to hide something away from the African then put it in a book.
Against this background, commitment from the top is highly needed to put the issues on the agenda,keeping the issues visibly alive across society and maintaining the momentum for initiatives on the ground.
May you also use your good office to promote the Department Of Publishing Studies-KNUST.
Hon Dela Borluvie
Deputy Executive Director