The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ms Cecilia Dapaah, has called on co-educational institutions not to leave boys behind to empower girls.
She said co-educational institutions, in particular, must work harder to build the confidence of both boys and girls to maximise their potential and contribution to national development.
She made these comments at the celebration of the 80th-anniversary celebration of Aggrey Memorial AME Zion School in Cape Coast.
Ms Dapaah said while encouraging the girls to go higher it was necessary to ensure that the boys were not left behind.
“We want both the boys and the girls to do well,” she stated.
She further urged the teachers to be innovative and creative and adopt new trends of teaching to train the students to be achievers.
Delivering his address, the guest speaker for the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, said the school had products in very important facets all over the world.
“The time had come to remember the boys as we have been remembering the girls and pushing them forward.
The girls, therefore, have been doing well as the boys have been lagging,” he noted, adding that for a co-educational institution, discrimination based on gender must not be practised.
Prof. Ampiah stated that according to the global education monitoring report 2019 on building bridges for gender equality, Africa remained far from education parity while subject choice was also gender-segregated.
He said, according to the report, just a quarter of those enrolled in engineering, manufacturing and construction and ICT programmes were women.
In Ghana, he observed that the 2018 annual education sector analysis report, observed parities in education, saying more than one-third of those taking the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) did not enter senior high school (SHS).
He said the World Bank report in 2017 indicated that from those coming from the deprived communities were about five to six times less likely to access senior high school.