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Girls Enrolment Increases

2008-01-30 22:54:35
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As the Bongo District in the Upper East Region pride itself in the increase in female enrolment in school, the issue of low number of qualified teachers in the district continues to be a hindrance to the sustainability of that success.

the initial female enrolment target of 1:1 ratio has been exceeded , and now girls out number their male counterparts in schools, representing a 2:1 ratio at the begining of the 2007- 2008 academic year.

The Deputy director of Education, A.C. Kagua, said the number is likely to increase as people in the area now appreciate the need to educate the girl child.

The district , like many other deprived areas inthe region, did not have a lot of girls attending schools,while the few that had the opportunity to do so were in most cases withdrawn from schools before they reached upper primary, for reasons ranging from early marriage to assisting in domestic and farm activities.

The achievement,according to Mr Kagua, had been possible due to interventions by NGOs, the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Central Government through the introduction of the Capitation Grant which absorbs the school fees of people at the basic level.

He said the major challenge now is the low number of qualified teachers and classroom spaces.

The Bongo District currently has 62 primary schools, 26 Junior High Schools and 2 Senior High schools.

Mr. Kagua however advised the male teachers to exhibit a high sense of morality and not succumb to temptations to have sexsual relationships with female pupils and students.

He also mentioned that most of the primary schools had overcrowded classrooms as a result of the series of public education programms by the GES and NGOs as wll asthe introduction of the Capitation Grant and School Feeding Programme.

He suggested to government and the Bongo District Assembly to motivate the few teachers in the area in the form of helping them have access to information, distance education and some material items.


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