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Talensi-Nabdam Tops BECW in Upper East Region

2008-01-04 17:36:54
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The Talensi-Nabdam District topped in this year's Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the Upper East Region. At a ceremony to honour hardworking teaching and non-teaching staff, in the district, the district director of education, Mr. Francis A. Ayaaba, disclosed that the performance at the BECE this year, shot up from 38% in the previous year to 58.88%, making the district the best in the region.

Mr. Ayaaba observed that though teachers were teaching under trying conditions, they were still doing their best, hence the initiative by the district directorate of education, with support from the district assembly and ActionAid Ghana, to honour them.He said the good general conduct of teachers, coupled with their dedication to duty, has increased enrolment in basic schools in the district.

The education director, therefore, congratulated teachers for the sacrifices they were making and urged them to work extra hard as they entered 2008.

A total of 10 teaching and non-teaching staff were honoured with various prizes. At the Primary School category, Madam Korah Susana of Wakii Primary School was adjudged the best teacher. She took home a refrigerator.

At the Junior High School (JHS) category, Mr. Robert Atiah, of Tongo JHS, also took home a refrigerator as his prize, while Basic Science/Maths category went to Mr. Joseph Teeka of Yagzore/Gorogo JHS. He also received a refrigerator.

Mr. Agengre Robert Tii, a Principal Typist at the Kongo Senior High School, received the first prize in the non-teaching staff category.

All the 2nd and 3rd runners-up received a 14-inch coloured television set and a gas cooker each, in addition to certificates.

19 deprived schools and five teachers from deprived areas were given bicycles, while 17 groups and individuals were also awarded with certificates of honour, for championing the cause of education in the district.

They are Tongo Rana, Nab Sabalog-Namarteng, Rev. Fr. Monsignor Roger Aboteyuure, a Catholic Priest in Bolgatanga, Hon John Tia, MP for Talensi Constituency, Hon Moses Asaga, MP for Nabdam constituency, ActionAid- Ghana, Catholic Relief Service, Presbyterian Mission among others.

Mr. Husein Alhassan, the district coordinating director, described the role of teachers as immeasurable and said it was against this background that the assembly was spending ¢350 million in sponsoring about 140 teacher trainees, who would come back upon their completion and serve in the district for at least three years.


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