Regional News Sun, 28 Dec 2003

Authorities worried about Nkoranza BECE poor performance

Nkoranza (B/A), Dec. 28, GNA- Mr Jarvis R. Agyeman-Badu, the Nkoranza District Director of Education has expressed concern about the poor performance of students in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) of schools in the District.

He said the District has been performing poorly during the ranking of the districts BECE results in the Brong-Ahafo Region since 1997. Mr Agyeman-Badu was addressing over 250 pre-school attendants from the district at the end of year meeting at Nkoranza on Tuesday. He, therefore, appealed to all teachers from the pre-school level through the primary and Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) to work hard to improve the standard.

Mr Agyeman-Badu gave the breakdown of the Nkoranza district BECE results as compared with the other districts in Brong-Ahafo to buttress his statement.

He described the situation as disgracing and charged teachers as well as parents in the district to team up to address the situation. Pre-school teachers should do well to lay a better foundation for their children to begin basic education, as they are the first contact person in every child's education, he said.

Mr Agyeman-Badu expressed regret about the poor accommodation structures for some kindergarten schools in the district and warned that his outfit would be compelled to close down any school that had no accommodation facility.

He announced that kindergarten teachers who have served over 10 years at one station would be transferred.

Madam Juliana Tutuwaa, the District Pre-school Organiser complained that there were more pupil-teachers in Kindergarten schools and that some trained teachers should be posted to the schools to offer support and guidance to the pupil teachers.

She said there are 77 kindergarten schools with 285 pupil teachers and only 19 trained teachers in the District.

Madam Tutuwaa complained about how some parents refuse to provide their wards with basic school needs such as uniform, sandals and school bags, adding that the situation affected the performance of the children.

One of the teachers, Miss Elizabeth Danso appealed to the district education directorate to focus its attention on the pre-schools and provide qualified teachers to enable them to qualify to compete in the best teachers award scheme.

Source: GNA