MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
The Ministry of Education works with some agencies and Affiliates to facilitate the implementation of its policies and programmes.
Currently the Ministry works in collaboration with the following Agencies and Affiliates;
AGENCIES AND AFFILIATES UNDER MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
1. Ghana Education Service (GES)
2. National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA)
3. National Teaching Council (NTC)
4. Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC)
5. National School Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA)
6. Commission for Technical and Vocational Educational and Training (CTVET)
7. Center for National Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS)
8. Ghana Commission for UNESCO (UNESCO)
9. Complementary Education Agency (CEA)
10. National Service Secretariat (NSS)
11. Student Loan Trust Fund (SLTF)
12. Ghana Book Development Council (GBDC)
13. Ghana Library Authority (GhLA)
14. Ghana Academy of Arts & Sciences (GAAS)
15. Scholarship Secretariat
Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND)
16. West African Examination Council (WAEC)
KEY AGENCIES UNDER MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
The Ministry works with the following key Agencies in the implementation of its policies and programmes;
GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE (GES)
The Ghana Education Service (GES) was established, as part of the Public Service of Ghana, in 1974 by NRCD 247 and was subsequently amended by NRCD 252, 357 and SMCD 63.
Under the forth Republican Constitution of Ghana, these earlier legislations have been amended by acts of parliament, including Act 506 (1994) and Act 778 (2008).
The Ghana Education Service is governed by a fifteen-member Council called the GES Council.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) is responsible for the implementation of approved national pre-tertiary educational policies and programs to ensure that all Ghanaian children of school-going age irrespective of tribe, gender, disability, religious and political affiliations are provided with inclusive and equitable quality formal education.
Vision: Ghana Education Service seeks to create an enabling environment in all educational institutions and management positions that will facilitate effective teaching and learning and efficiency in the management for the attainment of the goals of the Service.
Mission: To ensure that all Ghanaian children of school-going age are provided with inclusive and equitable quality formal education and training through effective and efficient management of resources to make education delivery relevant to the manpower needs of the nation.
The four (4) main programmes under the GES are:
1. Pre-Tertiary education management including Headquarters’ Divisions, Regional and District directorates.
2. Basic Education, comprising Kindergarten, Primary and Junior High Schools
3. Secondary Education comprising Senior High School (SHS) and Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET)
4. Special and Inclusive Education.
DIVISIONS/UNITS UNDER GES
• Schools and Instruction Division
• Guidance and Counselling (G&C) Unit
• School Health Education Programme (SHEP) Unit
• Special Education Division (SPED)
• Girls Education Unit
• Physical Education Unit
THE NATIONAL SCHOOL INSPECTORATE AUTHORITY (NaSIA)
The National School Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) is an Agency of the Ministry of Education mandated by Parliament to provide an independent external evaluation of the quality and standards in basic and second cycle educational institutions in the country on a periodic basis.
In 2008, the Education Act, 778 established the National School Inspectorate Authority, formerly known as National Inspectorate Board (NIB) with 3 main responsibilities:
1. School Inspection
2. School Evaluation and
3. Enforce Standards
THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT (NaCCA)
The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) was established following the 2007 reforms as a statutory council by the Educational Act of 2008, Act 778. The Council is responsible for the development and determination of its advice on matters relating to curriculum and assessment.
The Council is a representative structure, the membership of which is determined by the Education Act 2008 (ACT 778).
It has 21 members, all of whom are appointed by the President of Ghana in accordance with Article 70 of the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.
The members represent education professional, employer’s association, religious and faith-based bodies, business interests, teacher unions and other educational interests.
Other members include representatives of the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service, a nominee of the West Africa Examination Council and of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations. The Minister appoints the Chairperson.
VISION: Quality education for accelerated national development
MISSION: To raise the quality of education at the pre-tertiary level, with emphasis on science and mathematics as fundamental building blocks for accelerated national development and to instill in young Ghanaians a heightened sense of cultural identity and nationalism.
NATIONAL TEACHING COUNCIL (NTC)
The National Teaching Council is mandated by Education Regulator’s Body Act 2020 (ACT 1023) to improve professional standing and status of teachers and to ensure licensing and registration of teachers in Ghana.
The purpose of the Licensing Examination is to enable qualified teachers acquire a professional license and prepare teachers to meet the demands of the National Teachers’ Standards of possessing the minimum knowledge, skills, values and attitudes necessary to deliver effectively in schools.
COMMISSION FOR TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (CTVET)
The Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training was established by the Education Regulatory Bodies Act 2020 (ACT 1023).
The Commission’s primary responsibility is to regulate, promote and administer technical and vocational education and training for transformation and innovation for sustainable development.
VISION: The vision of the Commission is to be a world-class leader in coordinating skills development.
MISSION: The mission is to coordinate and oversee a TVET system that produces a globally competitive workforce through quality-oriented and demand-driven learning for national development.
GHANA TERTIARY EDUCATION COMMISSION (GTEC)
The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) and the National Accreditation Board (NAB) have been merged under the new Education Regulatory Bodies Act, 2020 (Act 1023) to form the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission.
The objectives of the commission are to regulate tertiary education in all its forms with a view to promote;
1. Efficient and Effective administration and accreditation of tertiary education institutions.
2. Principles of the provision of consistent quality of service by tertiary education institutions.
3. Advancement and application of knowledge through teaching, scholarly research and collaboration with industry and public sector.
4. The development of appropriate human capital for the sustainable advancement of the national economy
GHANA LIBRARY AUTHORITY (GhLA)
The Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) was formally established in 1950 and forms a critical part of Ghana’s historical artefacts. It was setup to improve literacy outcomes, which is key to the development of the country.
This is done through the provision of information services which seek to improve reading outcomes, leading to increased public awareness as a critical component of the overall strategy towards tackling illiteracy, poverty, disease and unemployment related problems.
As part of carrying out its mandate, the GhLA engages in activities like preparing and disseminating guidelines for the establishment of public, community and school libraries to improve the capacity of the population in reading and information seeking and retrieval
towards life-long learning.