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23.01.2006 Regional News

GES Director lashes at stakeholders

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Begoro (E/R), Jan 23, GNA - The Fanteakwa District Directorate of Education would, as from this term support basic schools with the printing of terminal examination papers to ensure uniformity in costs and administration of the examinations.

The District Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Ms Mary Animwah, announced this at a meeting with headteachers of basic schools at Begoro on Friday.

It was observed that the need to raise adequate funds to pay for the cost of printing terminal examination papers last term led to the imposition of levies by some schools in the country on pupils, which drew sanctions against the heads from the Ministry of Education and Sports in view of the introduction of the Capitation Grant to all basic schools.

Ms Animwah expressed concern at the lukewarm attitude of some education stakeholders towards the achievement of quality education in the district and observed that most School Management Committees (SMCs) and Parents-Teacher Associations (PTAs) were dormant and never contributed to education delivery in the district. She, therefore, asked headteachers to reconstitute all the SMCs/PTAs to make them vibrant and functional to help improve the standard of education in the district.

The Director urged headteachers to respond favourably to government policies on education delivery and implement them satisfactorily. On the poor performance of students in last year's Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results, Ms Animwah asked headteachers to stop the wholesale promotion of Primary Six pupils to JSS one. She was not happy at the way some JSS teachers fumbled with the subjects they teach to the detriment of the students and asked all headmasters to examine the academic certificate of their JSS teachers before allocating subjects to them to promote effective teaching. The Assistant Director of Education for Supervision, Mr Eric Twumasi, asked headteachers to exhibit good morals and be transparent in their administration to enhance effective teaching and learning in schools.