The Reverend John Ntim-Fordjour, the Deputy Minister of Education, says parents have no excuse not to send their children to school.
He said because Government had made education free from pre-school to Senior High School.
The Deputy Minister said this on Tuesday when he toured the Sakumono School Complex in Accra to observe the annual "My First Day in School" and to welcome the newly admitted pupils to the learning environment.
The Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service have collaborated to establish “My First Day At School,” to complement the efforts of school leaders to facilitate children’s entry into the education system at the beginning of the academic year.
The Minister presented the pupils with learning materials, including books, pencils, erasers, crayons, and sanitizers to enhance learning and make them feel welcomed in their new environment.
The Rev Ntim-Fordjour said the Government had repositioned the educational system to ensure quality teaching and learning in schools.
The Government, he said would work assiduously to meet the Sustainable Development Goals four-“to ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.”
That, he explained was necessary because education was the bedrock to the socio-economic development of every country.
"Government will continue to invest in education and ensure that all children have access to quality education and produced responsible professionals for the country's development," he said.
The Rev Ntim-Fordjour advised the pupils to learn hard to become responsible citizens, saying "we will continue to equip the pupils with the requisite knowledge, skills and aptitude to compete with the best in the world."
Ms Monica Ankrah, the Greater Accra Regional Director of Education, commended teachers for their efforts and urged them to teach and mentor the pupils to become responsible leaders.
She advised the teachers to initiate innovative ideas that would ease learning in the classroom, especially at the Creche and lower Primary levels and appealed to them to make the teaching environment home for the kids.
Ms Anna Adukwei Addo, the Municipal Chief Executive for Tema West, assured stakeholders that the environment was safe for the resumption of school activities.
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