The Ministry of Education will launch its new Educational Leadership Development Program (ELDP) in January next year following Cabinet approval, Education Minister Dr Yaw Asei Adyutwum has announced.

A successful pilot will pave the way for the program to be rolled out across the country with the establishment of a new National Education Institute (NEI) to provide long-term and individualized leadership training for heads and staff of agencies under the ministry.

The new institute, when established, will, among other things, serve as a permanent institution dedicated to the training of educational leadership for the ministry and will offer long-term, individualized leadership programs with certification for current and future school leaders, managers and agency staff. ministry.

Speaking at the two-day NEI Consultative Summit in Accra last weekend, Dr. Adutwum said the country’s education system was facing a “learning challenge” that posed a risk to economic growth and the well-being of its citizens.

He pointed out that as a result of the “learning challenge”, many young people lack the skills they need to thrive, even though they represent the country’s future.

“Fifty-three percent of 10-year-olds in the country do not have basic literacy skills, and while a child in Ghana can expect to go to school for 12 years, he or she only leaves school after six years,” he explained.

Dr Adyutwum said the learning problems can mainly be attributed to poor leadership and management, ineffective supervision, lack of accountability and inadequate training of teachers.