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January 21, 2021

The Executive Director and the Inspector-General of Schools of the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA), formerly the National Inspectorate Board (NIB), Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu, has indicated that the Authority has introduced policy measures that promote the extensive use of ICT as a mode of teaching and learning in all public and private pre-tertiary schools in the country.

According to Dr. Hilda Ampadu NaSIA’s e-learning guidelines equips schools to design and set up online learning systems for learners nationwide.

She was speaking as a panellist on the 2nd Day of the 72nd Annual New Year School Conference at the University of Ghana, on the theme, ‘ICT for the Provision of Inclusive Quality Education and Lifelong Learning’. The panel, which was chaired by Professor Yaw Oheneba-Sakyi of the University of Ghana, featured Dr. Patrick Awuah, Founder of Ashesi University, as the second panellist.

Dr. Ampadu stated that “NaSIA recognizes the need for the continuation of teaching and learning in this time of crisis, hence in April last year we published the national e-learning guidelines for pre-tertiary schools in response to COVID-19 and school closures. The e-learning programme offers learners several ways to participate in learning experiences that promote their mastery of content and are in line with national and international content standards.”

With the adoption of ICT for Lifelong learning, Dr. Ampadu said, “Government places a high emphasis on ICT in Education and has been part of Government’s Education Policy since 2007. She further stated that the Ministry of Education has included ICT for lifelong learning in its Education Strategic Plan, 2018-2030, NACCA has modified curriculum to include compulsory ICT, and NTC has made ICT a requirement for Continuous Professional Licensing. All these interventions will go a long way in ensuring NaSIA enforces sets standards with regards to ICT in all public and private Pre-Tertiary Educational Institutions (PTEI) from KG to SHS.”

As regards monitoring of schools e-learning platforms, the Inspector General of Schools clarified that NaSIA will continue to use its Inspection Evaluation Framework (IEF) to conduct Virtual Inspections which will seek to evaluate the quality of teaching and learning standards.

During the question-and-answer session, Dr. Ampadu said in terms of inclusivity of learning during the pandemic, private schools had some infrastructure to offer learning in a virtual environment whereas public schools offered to learn via TV and Radio.

On his part, Dr. Patrick Awuah, the Founder of Ashesi University, stated that “Ashesi’s ICT strategy focused on connectivity, security, software development, and training in order to maximize access to technology by students.

He added that Ashesi’s IT resources are stored in the cloud and this helps them run very few servers because they back-up in the cloud and locally.

Dr. Ampadu ended her presentation by challenging the University to collaborate more with Government. In her concluding remarks, she mentioned that inclusive education is a challenge in most parts of the world and not a Ghanaian problem and more precarious is the role of higher education. To solve this problem, academicians need to collaborate with Government to undertake research on inclusivity so that policymakers can implement the research findings.

About National Schools Inspectorate Authority

The National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA), an agency under the Ministry of Education, is an Independent Regulator of all Pre-Tertiary Educational Institutions (PTEIs) in Ghana.

Under the Education Regulatory Bodies Act 2020 (Act 1023), NaSIA is mandated to register, license and inspect both public and private PTEIs in Ghana. The Authority also provides an independent external evaluation of the quality and standards in PTEIs in the country on a periodic basis.


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January 15, 2021

Officials of the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) on Friday, 8th January, 2021, met with Public and Private Schools to discuss the modalities for the re-opening of schools for the new academic year.

The virtual engagement is one of the many ways the Authority has adopted to guide and support school owners on how to successfully and safely open their schools in the midst of the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking at the virtual engagement, the Executive Director/Inspector-General of Schools of the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA), Dr. Hilda Ampadu, stated, “NaSIA is committed to health and safety during the start of the new academic year in the midst of the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. We want to ensure that schools are equipped with the right information amidst preparations for a safe physical re-opening in order to reduce the risk of infections on school campuses.”

According to Dr. Ampadu, “It is very important for school owners to meticulously follow the COVID-19 guidelines on school re-opening in order to keep learners, staff and non-teaching staff safe and healthy,” adding that, “our Inspectors will go round to monitor schools in order to ensure schools are adhering to all protocols.”

“In order to allay the fears of parents, management of schools must actively engage their Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) or Parent Forums to agree on ways they will work together to ensure the safety of learners.,” she added.

During the open forum, some of the major issues raised by the school owners and management were: COVID-19 testing for all learners, approved distance in the arrangement of classroom furniture, transportation, temperature checks, operating school canteens and provision of nose masks. Others were how to handle younger learners and what to do if some learners test positive for COVID-19. All issues were addressed by the Executive Director with the key advisory being: All schools must ensure they know who the Municipal Director of Health and the Disease Control Officer for their Municipality is.  Should they experience a positive COVID-19 case or a suspicion, they have to inform the Municipal Health Directorate immediately; they will come in and take over the case and apply their protocols as necessary. This is usually at no cost to the school.  Boarding houses are also advised to keep temporary isolation units for suspected cases before the Municipal Health Directorate takes over. COVID-19 is a national concern and we do not want schools to feel alone in this fight, she stressed. Schools that report positive cases are also required to inform NaSIA immediately.

About 300 International Curricular Schools and Private School Owners participated in the virtual engagement and majority of the attendees expressed satisfaction and appreciation for the steps NaSIA has taken to engage and support school owners as they prepare to welcome learners back to school.

 

About National Schools Inspectorate Authority

The National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA), an agency under the Ministry of Education, is an Independent Regulator of all Pre-Tertiary Educational Institutions (PTEIs) in Ghana.

Under the Education Regulatory Bodies Act 2020 (Act 1023), NaSIA is mandated to register, license and inspect both public and private PTEIs in Ghana. The Authority also provides an independent external evaluation of the quality and standards in PTEIs in the country on a periodic basis.


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