- Published on Friday, 04 April 2014 18:37
Stakeholders in the educational sector have blamed the recent abysmal performance in the Basic Education Certificate Examination, BECE, in the country on weak foundation at the primary level of teaching and learning coupled with the lukewarm attitude of parents towards the education of their children.
The Wa Municipal Director of Education, Sulemana Alhassan, observed that when pupils are not well handled at the primary level, it becomes difficult to cover the loopholes created when they climb the educational ladder.
Alhassan was speaking at the 2013 School Performance Appraisal Meeting of the Municipal Directorate of Education in Wa the Upper West Regional capital.
The meeting brought together Parent Teacher Association Executives, students, representatives of Civil Society Organizations, teachers and head teachers of the last ten schools who performed poorly.
Alhassan said production of quality human resources for the nation lies with teachers. He appealed to teachers especially those at the basic level to lay a strong foundation in order to produce quality human resources capable of running the affairs of the nation.
The headmaster of the Jonga Junior High School, Abudu Ibrahim Yahaya, whose school recorded a zero per cent pass attributed the situation to the inability of majority of the students to read and write as well as failure of parents to take keen interest in the education of their children. He indicated that the management of the school was compelled to register some of the candidates because they had already been severally repeated.
The Deputy Municipal Director of Education in charge of Supervision, Gyang Hyacintha Abatu, said the policy introduced by the Ministry of Education to check teacher absenteeism has gone a long way to curb the menace. Abatu warned that teachers found to have absented themselves from schools without tangible reasons will be dealt with accordingly.
The Wa Municipal Chief Executive, Issahaque Nuhu Putiaha, called on PTAs and School Monitoring Committees to collaborate effectively with traditional authorities to deal with issues of elopement which is a setback to the attainment of the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education, FCUBE.
He called on both teachers and students to be disciplined in order to stem the tide of falling standards of education in the country.
BMJ Seidu | Ghananewslink.com