On Wednesday, 17th November, 2021, the Ministry of Education in collaboration with its agencies held one day training workshop for Public Relation Officers (PROs) in the Savannah region to sharpen their skills on effective communication on the new education reforms.
The Ghana Education Service’s Savannah regional Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Kpiirika Jatuat, explained that all the seven (7) municipal and district assemblies public relations officers attended the workshop.
The seven (7) municipal and district public relations officers who attended the training workshop include; Yirnaa Nonti Mathew – PRO for Sawla-Tuna-Kalba district, Abdul- Razak Iddrisu – PRO for North East Gonja district, Kon-E Gilbert – PRO for Bole district.
The rest are Bonzali Ebenezer – PRO for East Gonja Municipality, Ibrahim Nasinmong Adamu – PRO for Central Gonja district, Manan Mohammed – PRO for North Gonja district and Akuka Samuel PRO for West Gonja municipality.
The workshop was held at the Business Resource Center at Damongo, the regional capital.
Officers who led the facilitating include Mr. Ussif Ayinga (NERS), Reginald Quartey (NaCCa), Nicholas Buabeng (NTC), Mr. Alidu Iddrisu Free SHS Coordinator (savannah region). Together with the Savannah regional PRO, Mr. Kpiirika Jatuat,the team took the participants through power point presentations of the key education reforms initiatives sucks as Teacher education reform by T-TEL, Pre-Tertiary curriculum reforms through -NaCCA, Legal, institutional, and regulatory reforms, Technical, vocational, education and training (TVET), tertiary education reform.
Operationalization of pre-tertiary teacher professional and management framework through – NTC, Introduction of new school supervision and inspection – NIB, Basic education decentralization reform, Public- private partnership for school management, G.E.S Institutional reform, ICT in education, Secondary education reforms – free SHS.
The Savannah regional PRO said the district level PROs need to understand the educational reforms very well because the reforms go in line with the education strategic plan (ESP), which is set between 2018 to 2030.
Jatuat charged the district level PROs to communicate effectively to the publics such as parents, students, MMDAs staff and district education officers.
Jatuat further urged the PROs to carefully explain the importance of education reforms to the stakeholders to understand, and implore them to use radio stations, social gatherings, churches, mosques, information centers and others as main medium of communication to disseminate the information to the public.
He disclosed that GES is working vigorously to equip the PR unit with the necessary tools to discharge their mandate efficiently.
Even though, the workshop was mainly on education reforms, the Savannah regional Free Senior High School Coordinator, Mr. Alidu Iddrisu took the opportunity to sensitize them. He explained that this year’s B.E.C.E. CSSPS selection process is taking a different dimension, hence the main reason why Junior High school candidates will choose their preferred SHS after their BECE Exams. The candidates have opportunity to choose from category A-D schools ranging from first to sixth choices.
Mr. Iddrisu assured the participants that, there will be a training workshop on CSSPS selection process for all regional and district PROs and district examination officers in the week of 22nd November, 2021, for them to go back and train Senior high schools heads and staff.
Kpiirika Jatuat – Savannah regional GES PRO.