Bawku West Tops 2007 BECE in Region
2008-06-06 14:32:50This article has been read 616 times.THE BAWKU District Assembly emerged first in the 2007 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the Upper East Region. It was also placed 2nd in the three Northern regions, and 14th in the whole of the country.
Mr. Desmond Bugbilla, District Chief Executive (DCE) for Bawku West, disclosed these at the Seventh People’s Assembly, at Zebilla, the district capital.
The DCE said education was the bedrock of the nation’s development, and his assembly could not afford to neglect it.
According to him, the District Assembly was making strides by sponsoring up to 70 teacher trainees, who were already out and teaching, while 76 trainees, 60 males and 16 females, were presently in the sponsorship scheme, and would come out to teach in the district.
During the Golden Jubilee celebrations last year, the assembly presented one packet of roofing sheets each to 30 teachers, as incentives for accepting postings to the rural areas of the district.
He said under the National Functional Literacy Programme, of the Non-Formal Division of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the assembly had, for last year and this year, supported 14 communities to complete model class structures for literacy, and other communal activities.
This support had enabled a batch of 12 persons, made up of 120 facilitators, to pass out from a total of 3,207 adult learners, comprising 1,353 males, and 1,854 females. They would soon be assessed for their incentive packages.
Again, 1,905 adult learners, made up of 882 males and 1,023 females, were still undergoing training in numeracy, literacy and income-generating skills.
Touching on sports, the DCE said during the last league season, three teams in the district qualified to second division for the first time, with support from the district assembly, and the Member of Parliament (MP), Mr. John Akparibo Ndebugre.
The assembly supported the teams with a total of GH¢300. It has also acquired a parcel of land at Aramkoliga, near Zebilla, to construct a district sports stadium.
Mr. Ndebugre, on his part, also provided the three teams with jerseys, footballs, and nets, valued at GH¢3,200.
Mr. Bugbilla mentioned the Capitation Grant and the School Feeding Programme, as some the government’s efforts that have increased enrolment, minimized lateness and absenteeism and promoted pupils’ retention in schools.
He touched on other areas such as governance, financial performance, agriculture, and health, where the assembly had made tremendous strides.
The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr. Alhassan Samari, who was the Guest of Honour, applauded the efforts of the government, which he said had contributed significantly to the growth of education in the region.
Mr. Samari also commended the government, and its partner agencies, for coming to the aid of the people of the region, during last year’s flood disaster.
The Regional Minister regretted that the Bawku crisis had diverted the attention of the people of the region, from pressing developmental issues, and their future plans.
He said the government’s efforts at restoring peace in Bawku, was manifest in President Kufuor’s personal mediation efforts, by inviting the two ethnic groups, the Kusasis and Mamprusis, to the Castle, Osu.