Gomoa West District to sign MoU with UEW

The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Gomoa West, Hon. Bismark Baisie Nkum has revealed his outfit’s intention to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) to formalise and strengthen relationship between both parties.

He hinted that his outfit had identified gaps in the education system of Gomoa West which needed to be addressed as quickly as possible to improve the academic prowess of teachers and pupils in the District; hence, the necessity for the MoU.

DCE of Gomoa West, Hon. Bismark Baisie Nkum

The Gomoa West DCE disclosed this on Friday, 29th November, 2019 at the Gomoa Senior High Technical School (GSHTS) during a two-day skill training workshop organised by the Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Studies (SACOST), UEW for Junior High School teachers in the District.     

“Already we have been engaging with Prof. Kolawole and his team, I think University of Education, Winneba primarily is concerned with the upbringing of our children. Also they offer professional tutelage to those who come to teach our children. This is the right time for us to formalise our relationship with the University and this must be cemented in the form of evidence. In future whenever we identify lapses or gaps, we can send our teachers to pursue short courses to upgrade themselves.

Prof. Kolawole Raheem

The Head of Department, SACOST, Prof. Kolawole Raheem assured the DCE that the MoU would be a win-win for both parties. “We have already established a strong relationship with them and we believe this MoU will surely come to fruition,” he added.  

The Director, Institute for Educational Research and Innovation Studies (IERIS), Prof. Jophus Anamuah-Mensah said that SACOST exposes people to the scientific and mathematical concepts in the environment; thus, the workshop was to expose teachers to things  they could make of use in the environment and to make science and mathematics richer, better and acceptable to lots of students.

Prof. Jophus Anamuah-Mensah 

He advocated for more of the tuition to be done outside the classroom in order to expose students to things around them. “Let us ensure that our kids, pupils and the children of Ghana are able to learn better than they use to do.”   

The District Director of Education, Mr. Benjamin Kwame Goka asserted that the importance of the study of Mathematics and Science could not be overemphasised. “Science and Mathematics education equips students with fundamental skills to navigate the subject throughout school and beyond. Skills in measurement and comparison not only contribute to Science and Mathematics literacy, but they also build capacity across the curriculum,” he affirmed.

District Director of Education, Mr. Benjamin Kwame Goka addressing the teachers

The two-day skill training workshop on promoting innovative contextualised teaching of Science and Mathematics saw realistic presentations by Mr. Emmanuel Kutorglo, Mr. Ahmed K. Amihere, Mrs. Nelly Sakyi-Hagan and Ms. Rebecca Esi Quansah.    

The workshop, financed by the Gomoa West DCE, equipped participants with the practical and innovative skills of teaching using locally developed innovative and contextualised Teaching and Learning Materials (TLMs) to enable the teachers to overcome most of the problems they face in their teaching career as Mathematics and Science tutors

.     Presenters during the two-day workshop (from top left); Mr. Emmanuel Kutorglo, Mrs. Nelly Sakyi-Hagan Mr. Ahmed K. Amihere, and Ms. Rebecca Esi Quansah.  

Teachers from the district in attendance

Participants during a demonstration session