All children in Ghana entering kindergarten one this year would have to undergo health screening exercise. The health screening intervention which is being supported by the Government of Ghana and UNICEF according to Ghana Education Service (GES) should help in early detection of any child with health issues for proper diagnosis, referral and early treatment.
The management of the GES has therefore appealed to all parents, guardians and community leaders to ensure that all children of four years are sent to kindergarten one on “My First Day at School.”
“My First Day at School” GhanaNewsOnline.com.gh has established is a ceremony used to welcome children entering the school system for the first time to the school environment. It would be celebrated in all schools.
At a news conference in Aburi in the Eastern region, the Director –General of GES, Professor Kwesi Opoku-Amankwa, said the GES officials from its headquarters, regional, metropolitan, municipal and district education offices would visit various schools across the country to interact with the new entrants and their parents.
According to him, items such as stationery and confectioneries would be distributed to the new entrants. The motive of “My First Day at School”the Director –General explained is to encourage parents to enroll their wards in school and retain them to complete basic education with the view of promoting right age enrollment.
This year’s “My First Day at School”,according to him is a unique one owing to the fact that GES is combining the day with Right Age Enrollment campaign. The two initiatives, Professor Opoku-Amankwa stated would happen in two folds namely mass media campaign and district level activation.
With regard to mass media campaign, he said, GES was going to roll out the right age enrollment campaign using television, radio commercials, jingles, billboards, fliers, banners and posters. On district level activation, the Director –General of GES said 30 districts had been selected for this exercise.
These are districts, he said, had high incidence of over and under age pupil’s in schools, low enrollment and high school drop outs. Eight out of the 30 districts according to him would have high dignitaries’ participating in the exercise.
Mr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister for Education, the Director –General of GES and its Deputy Director Generals, Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu, First Deputy Speaker of parliament and Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, Minority Leader of parliament are some of dignitaries’ that would participate in the above mentioned exercise.
The district level activation, he said, would involve town hall meetings and floats which would end at market places. He adds that there would also be community engagement where the team members would do a house to house campaign on the right age enrollment.
Source: Adovor Nutifafa