Mrs. Esi Ayenba Inkoom, the coordinator of the School Health Education Programme (SHEP) of Ghana Education Service (GES), has expressed worry over the increasing rate of mockery of adolescent girls over menstruation in the country’s schools.
Speaking at a day’s workshop for officers of SHEP, Mrs. Inkoom said many girls absented themselves from school during menstruation due to mockery from their male counterparts and that, “We have had reports of some of our girls in menstruation missing school just because their male friends tease them when they get to know of it. This situation is not the best and I appeal to all of us to intervene and to make sure that every girl stays in school to learn.”
In another development, Mrs. Felicia Boakye-Yiadom, the acting Executive Secretary of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment of the Ministry of Education, has urged teachers and education workers to regularly update their knowledge and skills in order to meet the exigencies of the modern classroom situation.
Speaking recently at a review workshop in Accra on core skills for teaching,Mrs. Boakye-Yiadom said her outfit was reviewing the existing curriculum at the pre-tertiary level to conform to the demands of the modern times.
“As we speak, the classroom is now a mini-global village, where digitisation and skill-based learning experiences are taking over mere acquisition of knowledge and manual ways of doing things. We are, therefore, in the process of restructuring the existing curriculum in order for it to be in tune with the demands of this new world and for our children to become more critical thinkers and for them to provide solutions to the problems that confront our society.”
Anthony Kwaku Amoah