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East Gonja District Hit With Inadequate Qualified Teachers

2007-02-12 23:26:25
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ONLY 360 teachers representing 30% of the total of 1,197 teachers at the basic level in the East Gonja district of the Northern region are qualified. The remaining 70% are untrained.

Of the total figure, 880 of the teachers are on government pay roll while 317 are teaching assistants under the National Youth Employment Programme.

Mr. Edward N. Gayuoni, the District Director of Education, who disclosed this while briefing chairmen of School Management Committees and Parent-Teacher Associations on the state of education at a day’s sensitisation workshop, emphasised that a large chunk of teachers in the rural areas are untrained and that this compromises quality education and serves as a disincentive to parents to send their children to school.

The Education Director indicated that though the introduction of the capitation grant had led to increased enrolment of pupils at the basic schools, very few teachers were available to teach them.

According to him, the lack of adequate trained teachers was a source of worry to the Education Directorate.

Alhaji Shehu Kadri, the District Co-ordinating Director, announced that the East Gonja District Assembly had made education a priority and that it would support the needy but brilliant students.

According to him the Assembly is required to provide educational infrastructure like classroom blocks, libraries, teachers’ accommodation, ICT centre as well as incentives in the form of awards to teachers.

Alhaji Kadri disclosed that the Assembly intends to increase budgetary support in the area of teacher development orientation and refresher courses in its focus on quality delivery and commitment of teachers to their work to improve upon the district’s performance at the BECE.

He said the Assembly would provide all JSS with permanent classroom blocks, sustain and improve upon enrolment of girls as well as encourage the Ghana Education Service (GES) to identify and register all children with special needs.

The District training officer, Mr. Mohammed Jakpa said the poor performance of pupils in the BECE in 2003/04 and 2005/6 had brought about the District Assembly/GES partnership for support and called on PTA/SMC chairmen to adopt strategies to influence quality education in the district.

source: Chronicle

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