6 January 2011

Ghana: Sene District Schools Perform Poorly in Bece Due to Lack of Trained Teachers, Accommodation, Poor Supervision

Michael Boateng and Kwame Danso — Available information gathered by The Chronicle has it that the lack of trained teachers, accommodation, parental interest in education, poor supervision, and indiscipline among both teachers and students in the Sene District of the Brong-Ahafo Region, has contributed to its abysmal performance in the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) for the past three years.

At a Community Dialogue Forum organised by the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) to discuss issues affecting quality of education in the district, and how to reverse the trend and enhance basic education performance held at Kwame Danso, the district capital recently, the participants complained that most of the teachers in the area were lazy, and had to live up to expectations to help revive the fallen standard of education in the district.

The GNECC is a network of civil society organisations aimed at promoting quality basic education for all.

Sene, one of the deprived districts in Ghana, over the last three years, has been performing very badly in the Basic Education Certificate Examinations, particularly, that of the girl child.

In 2006, the district recorded an impressive performance, by getting 92% in the BECE, however, since then, the district has been performing extremely badly.

In 2008, the district recorded 20%, and in 2009, its performance dropped to just 17 %.

For instance, in 2010, out of the 951 candidates who wrote the BECE, only 246 candidates passed, representing 26%. Out of the number, only 72 were girls.

At the forum, the participants also identified the lack of motivation, poor allowances for headteachers, and lack of proper educational infrastructure among others, as some of the major factors contributing to the poor education output in the district.

The Ghana Education Service (GES), traditional authorities, Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) and the School Management Committees were accused by the participants, who were mostly parents, for their poor supervision, and therefore, stressed the need to strengthen effective supervision in schools to help improve teaching and learning in the district.

The government was also called upon to provide the schools with the needed learning and teaching materials and decent infrastructure to create a congenial environment to facilitate teaching and learning.

The Brong-Ahafo Regional Co-ordinator of the GNECC, Kobina Afena-Sam, said the main goal of his outfit was to promote and facilitate processes that ensured equity in access to free quality education for all.

He further said the GNECC works for the removal of barriers at the local, national and international levels to allow equitable access to quality, relevant and enjoyable basic education for all.

Mr. Afena-Sam noted that his outfit would work hard to improve quality education in the Sene District by the year 2012.

According to him, all stakeholders had their roles to play to ensure that education was improved upon in the District.

A seven-member Basic Education Performance Enhancement Committee was formed. The core duty of the committee, which has the Sene District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), J.A. Frimpong, as its Chairman, and Rev. Nana Forson, as its Secretary, is to ensure the improved standard of education in the area.

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