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01.10.2005 Regional News

140 newly trained teachers posted to Atwima

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Nkawie (Ash), Oct. 1, GNA - More than 140 newly trained teachers have been posted to some basic schools, especially in the most deprived rural areas in the Atwima-Nwabiagya and Mponua districts in the Ashanti Region, during the 2005/2006 academic year.

Mr Eddy Obeng-Darko, the Atwima-Nwabiagya District Director of Education, who told newsmen at Nkawie on Friday, said however that, the major constraints facing the teachers were the acquisition of decent and affordable living accommodation and inaccessible road network to some schools in deprived communities.

He noted that the two district education directorates would need more than 200 extra teachers to make the full complement of staffing in the basic schools.

Mr Obeng-Darko said the education directorates in collaboration with the two district assemblies have planned to recruit non-professional teachers to fill vacancies in some of the various basic schools.

He said enrolment in most of the public schools have improved tremendously as a result of the implementation of the capitation grant programme introduced this academic year by the government. The computerization system of the admission of junior secondary school graduates to the senior secondary schools has also given a big relief to both the school authorities and parents in the districts, he said.

Mr Obeng-Darko announced that 135 candidates made up of 95 boys and 40 girls obtained aggregate six in 2005 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). 1,298 candidates also made up of 754 males and 596 females obtained between aggregates 25 and 30 representing 80.97 per cent of the results.

He disclosed that 47 candidates out of the 4,283 registered candidates were absent during the examination, giving reasons as pregnancy, deaths, dropouts and withdrawals. He commended the Atwima-Nwabiagya District Assembly for completing the 500 million cedis new administration block for the directorate. Oct. 01, 05

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