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08.09.2004 Regional News

Inspectors urged to accept blame for lapses in schools

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Saltpond (C/R), Sept. 8, GNA - Mrs Prudence Gyader, Director of the Inspectorate Division of the Ghana Education Service, has said school supervisors should accept blamed for lapses within the educational system.

"This is so because the Inspectorate Division is the lead structure in the Ghana Education Service mandated to ensure effective supervision in our schools."

This not withstanding, Mrs Gyader said there was still the need to involve teachers, parents, circuit supervisors and the like and indeed the general public in schools supervision to ensure quality teaching and learning.

She was opening a five-day workshop for Assistant Directors in charge of supervision and inspectors of the Ghana Education Service at Saltpond on Tuesday.

The workshop, which is under the theme: "Accountability in supervision - the role of the District Assistant Directors (Supervisors) in ensuring effective supervision", is being funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Seventy participants from the Volta, Greater Accra, Eastern Western and Central Regions are attending the workshop with resource persons drawn from the University of Cape Coast, University of Education, Winneba and some divisions at the GES Headquarters.

The participants are to develop a system to effectively monitor and sanction teachers' absenteeism and tardiness, discuss ways of implementing the system developed and to discuss guidelines for drawing up a school improvement plan.

Mrs Gyader said the Inspectorate Division was allocated a number of strategic objectives to implement with special reference to Quality Education Strategy, and said the division was among other things, mandated to develop effective accountability system towards improving teacher supervision to provide support for professional development and enhance teacher performance.

She urged the participants to use the workshop as a starting point for their renewed effort to revive their spirits in their work of supervision and be effectively accountable for ensuring quality teaching and learning in the schools.

Mrs Olivia Sosu, Director II, at the Inspectorate Division and Workshop Coordinator said ineffective supervision had been identified as a major factor in the poor performance of most public schools and urged the participants to work hard to improve upon the situation.

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