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04.05.2007 General News

Educational performance still poor in N/R


The Northern Regional Minister Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris has expressed concern that despite the massive capital and infrastructural interventions in education in the region, enrolment continues to be low and supervision poor.

He said the teacher-pupil ratio was highly undesirable and indiscipline among teachers had worsened with poor and inadequate educational infrastructure despite injection of funds from the GETFund.

Alhaji Idris was speaking during the opening of a three-day workshop and first ever Northern Regional educational sector annual review meeting.

The workshop is aimed at assessing education development in the region over the years with the view to evolving strategies and plans to address the problems associated with education.

The Ghana Education Service organised the forum with sponsorship from Japan International Development Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

District Chief Executives (DCE), NGOs and District Directors of Education from all the eighteen districts of the region, as well as other stakeholders are attending the workshop.

Alhaji Idris noted the myriad of problems facing education in the country and said it would require a multi-dimensional approach to propel education in the region to higher levels.

He therefore called on all stakeholders in education to come out with useful and realistic recommendations for implementation to address these problems.

The Minister commended the efforts of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for teaming up with the districts to supplement government's efforts at providing quality education in the region.

Source: GNA