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Fri, 07 Sep 2012 Education

Zero percent BECE school teachers urged to improve performance

By GNA
Zero percent BECE school teachers urged to improve performance
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Bamease (E/R), Sept 6, GNA - The Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Ebenezer Okletey Terlabi has appealed to teachers in schools that scored zero per cent in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to be innovative and find ways to motivate students to improve upon their performances.

He said it was unacceptable for authorities to look unconcern whilst the students continued to fail when the basic inputs needed had been provided.

Mr Terlabi was speaking at the presentation of gifts from government to pupils of primary one and Kindergarten at the Bamease Local Authority (L/A) Basic School on their first day at school.

He urged teachers, who are not residing in the community to come to school regularly and early to effectively use the school contact hours to teach the children.

Mr Terlabi told the teachers that society could only effectively assess their performance through results from the BECE. Since the inception of the school in 1985, no girl had ever passed through the school to the Senior High School level.

Last year, the school scored zero percent in the BECE.

Explaining the poor performance of pupils of the school, the Head teacher, Mrs Grace Mensah, said most of the children in the community spent their time at funerals and did not learn after school.

She said the pupils were also not regular at school and rather preferred to use school hours to go and work on orange plantations around the community.

Mrs Mensah appealed to the Ministry of Education and the Kwaebibirem District Assembly to provide accommodation for teachers to enable them to stay in the community and help the pupils.

However, when the Ghana News Agency (GNA) spoke with some members of the Bamease community, they accused the teachers of not being regular.

The caretaker at the Bamease Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Mr Peter Kabu, said the community was able to secure a building for the teachers to enable them to stay in the community, but they refused complaining that the building was in the bush and prefer to commute from communities outside Bamease to school.

The Deputy Eastern Regional Minister was accompanied by the Kwaebibirem District Chief Executive, Mr Emmanuel Reginald Osae Aboagye, Eastern Regional Director of Education, Ms Adraina Kandilige, and the Kwaebibirem District Director of Education, Mrs Gladys Appiagyei.

Earlier, the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister and his entourage visited Abaam Roman Catholic (RC) Basic School, Abaam AME Zion School, Kade EP Basic School, Kade Islamic Basic School and Kade Presbyterian Basic School where they distributed plastic cups, biscuits and fruit juice to pupils.

GNA

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