Kpandai District laments poor education standards; calls for desperate intervention

Poor performance by students at the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) level in the Kpandai District has triggered an emergency stakeholder meeting to develop strategies to arrest the trend.

The district which recorded 63 percent in 2010 saw a sharp decline to 36 percent in 2011, 26 percent in 2012 and 22 percent in 2013.

Presenting a paper on the state of education in the district to the school’s management committee members and other stakeholders in education in the district, Director of Education Sixtus Adikwo painted a very gloomy picture of the district both at the BECE and the Senior High School level.

He said in 2010 the boys who passed at the BECE level represented 43.63 percent whilst their girl counterparts recorded 19 percent. He said since then the figures had continued to decline with the worst ever performance recorded in 2013 with the boys recording 17.3 per cent and the girls 4.2 per cent.

The District Director of Education said though the Kpandai District was one of the lucky districts to benefit from several interventions from educational nongovernmental organizations like IBIS Ghana, the Campaign for Female Education and the government of Ghana, performance of school children in the district is nothing to write home about.

Mr. Adikwo bemoaned the poor attitude of teachers to work, lack of support from community members, especially parents as some of the challenges facing the community.

According to him, parents sometimes force their children to trade on market days instead of allowing them to attend school.

He outlined some measures put in place by the Ghana Education Service in the district to stop the decline. He cited the intensification of supervision and monitoring at all levels to ensure effective utilization of contact hours.

He also cited the redistribution of teachers from overstaffed schools to deprived and understaffed schools; setting of performance targets for teachers; querying of recalcitrant teachers; writing of mock examination by the students before the final examination as some measures being put in place to address the challenges.

The chairman of the School’s Management Committee Network and convener of the meeting Reverend Father Anselmus Mawusi said there was the need for the conference to identify the challenges facing education in the area and how to address them.

He expressed the hope that the measures adopted will be implemented in order to arrest the decline in the performance of students in the area.

The formation of the Schools Management Committee Network was facilitated by IBIS Ghana to help SMC work with the various schools to ensure they improve upon the fortunes of education in the area.

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