An Educational Think Tank, Africa Education Watch has conducted a research on Educational Institutions in the country. The study centred on correspondence and access to information from institutions like the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, Ghana Education Trust Fund(GETFUND), West African Examination Council (WAEC) among others.
The Executive Director of African Education Watch, Kofi Asare disclosed the full findings of the study to JOY NEWS this evening, Tuesday 20th April, 2021, on the programme dubbed the Pulse. A total of nineteen educational institutions were studied with 70% have no telephone lines nor email addresses.
Mr Kofi Asare said the study revealed that the mother of all Educational Institutions in Ghana, the Ministry of Education does not have a functioning telephone number. He said, "some the features on the Ministry of Education's website are not responding, there are no Education Management and Information System (EMIS) data. We have been trying Ministry's telephone number and it not responding".
He continued by saying that a pivotal institution, GETFUND which controls billions of cedis does not also have a telephone number. He said, " GETFUND control more than some ministries and for all the billions GETFUND spend there are no reports to show the amount used, the scholarships awarded and the rest".
Mr Kofi Asare added that there are ten different Facebook accounts claiming to be the West African Examination Council. According to him, this raises questions about WAEC's credibility as wrongdoers normally used their names to sell "Apor".
Mr Kofi Asare's outfit however, commended the National School Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for having both functioning telephone numbers and websites.
"The Ghana Education Service is the only educational institution with verified social media accounts. The agencies are funded with the taxpayers money and the citizens have the right to seek for information anytime they wish. It seems these lapse will not allow that.For three weeks now some of them have responded to our email", he added.
This research has revealed why Ghana Education Service always ask Heads of Institutions and teachers to submit data very often.
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