Ghana emerges number 1 in international assessment of pupils’ reading abilities

In assessing the reading capacity of children across multiple countries on different continents, it has emerged that Ghanaian schoolkids are some of the best in the word in reading local and English language.

According to an education project titled Early Grade Reading and Math (EGRM) project, Ghana topped countries such as South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Jordan and Tonga, which tested the ability of pupils in Class One and Two to read.

The pupils were ranked on their ability to read from an average of a word per minute to seven words per minute.

In the Daily Graphic report picked by the EGRM was implemented over a year ago in 13 countries across Africa and East Europe, and has consistently give decision-makers measurable results on the education of children.

The report stated that the letter-sound identification of the pupils in Primary One rose from 6.24 letter sounds per minute to 25.54 letter sounds per minute, making Ghana’s EGR programme one of the “largest effect sizes of any early grade reading programme worldwide.”

The findings of the report were publicised in a meeting in partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) on June 11, 2019.

In Ghana, the study was conducted in 100 districts across the country.
The report noted that the programme component that drove impact the most was the adherence to the prescribed lesson plans.

Meanwhile, the Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana have given the government up until June 26, 2019 to pay all monies owed them for work done.
They have threatened to lock up all schools built by its members across the country, if government fails to do the needful.
According to the contractors, government through the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) secured a loan of $1.5 billion to pay contractors for work done, but has failed to pay them in full.

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