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24.10.2004 Regional News

Parents blamed for pupils poor performance

By GNA

Ahomahomasu(E/R), Oct. 24, GNA - The Fanteakwa District Director of Education, Mr Stephen Peter-Andoh, has urged parents to minimize the household chores of their children to enable them have sufficient time for studies at home.

He made the call at a School Performance Appraisal Meeting (SPAM) for stakeholders in education at Ahomahomasu, near Begoro on Friday, to discuss the downward slide of performance of students at this year's Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

According to the results, the Fanteakwa district slumped from the last year's 22nd position in the national league position to the 64th this year and described as "horrible" the fact that only one student obtained aggregate six.

Mr Peter-Andoh stressed the need for parents to control and supervise their children's movement and studies, while at home instead of allowing them to visit video centres and other social gatherings at night.

He regretted that most parents go to bed earlier than their adolescent children and did not mind to question their whereabouts the next morning when they reported at home.

Mr. Peter-Andoh asked parents to regard teachers as partners in the upbringing of their children and stop assaulting them in their attempt to correct them.

He said henceforth, parents who assaulted teachers for disciplining their children in school would not be spared. He said in the future, failure at the BECE would be blamed on parents since it was now clear that most parents were lukewarm towards the education of their wards.

Mr Peter-Andoh also warned that students who absented themselves from school for at least one month after they had registered for future BECEs in the district would be dismissed and have their names deleted from the registration list to avoid adverse impact on the final results. The Deputy District Director of Education, Mr Mike Ernest Ansah Yeboah, said lazy teachers would be weeded out from the district when caught.

Mr Yeboah asked parents to pay their wards' school levies promptly and also provide them with their school materials to boost their morale.

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