25.04.2005 Politics

MP unveils plans to improve academic performance

25.04.2005 LISTEN

Wa, April 25, GNA- Mr. Rashid Pelpuo, Member of Parliament for Wa Central, on Monday unveiled a plan of action to promote education and improve academic performance at the basic level in the constituency with his share of the Common fund and other sources.

Under the plan, students in the constituency who get admission to read medicine at the universities would be granted full scholarships for tuition and lodging, while those who would be reading law would be granted half-scholarship.

Mr Pelpuo, who announced this at a meeting he held with head teachers of the thirty-five junior secondary schools (jss) in the Wa municipality also announced that he had instituted an annual mock examination for final jss students in schools in Wa aimed at ascertaining their level of preparedness for the basic education certificate examination. He said schools, which demonstrate consistent improvement in the mock examinations, would be provided with awards, while students who excel in the senior secondary school certificate examinations would be presented with prizes.

The MP noted that most people are unemployed because they do not have the requisite skills to place them on the job market and urged teachers to be dedicated to their work and help in bringing out the hidden talents and building the capacities of the children under their care. He added that the extent to which they are committed to the teaching profession in the long term, determines the success or failure in life of the student.

The MP said he had already spent 35 million cedis of his share of the common fund to conduct.

the first of such mock examinations in the municipality. Mr Godfrey Tangu, acting Wa Municipal Chief Executive and MP for Wa East, who answered questions from the teachers said, the assembly had constructed 72 three-unit classroom blocks and provided 20,000 pieces of furniture for the schools in the past four years.

He also put the provisional estimated cost of damage done to school infrastructure by the recent rainstorm at 400 million cedis. The Assembly also discussed the issue that some junior secondary schools in the district have no structures since the introduction of the jss system in 1994, and are holding classes under trees. They are the Mangu and Bamahu jss.

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