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East Gonja intensifies in-service training for teachers

2009-07-10 20:29:53
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Plans are far advanced for the East Gonja District of the Northern Region to intensify its in-service training programme for teachers, including those under the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), to reverse the poor standard of education in the district.

The District performed badly in the 2007/2008 BECE, due to the large number of untrained teachers, lack of educational materials, poor monitoring and supervision, as well as lack of motivation for teachers.

Over the years, the East Gonja District Assembly has made significant investments in promoting quality education, especially in the area of infrastructure.

However, the area continues to be saddled with even more daunting challenges, which require attention from the government and other stakeholders.

At the first-ever Ordinary Meeting of the East Gonja District Assembly in Salaga, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Alhassan Mumuni, said the assembly was ready to provide more classrooms, teachers’ accommodation, renovate deplorable school structures, and provide learning materials.

The meeting discussed a wider range of issues bordering on education, security, revenue mobilisation, health, agriculture, tourism, rural electrification, employment generation, water and sanitation, and disaster prevention and management, among others.

The DCE called on all stakeholders in the district to allow peace and unity to prevail, so as to accelerate the development agenda of the district.

According to him, peace formed centre stage in the developmental success of every district, and therefore promised to work closely with all stakeholders, including the security agencies and traditional authorities.

Mr. Mumuni also promised to deal radically with any group or persons who would break the laws of the area, as the assembly strives to invite investors to establish in the area.

Another area of priority, the DCE indicated, was how to reverse the falling standard of education in the district, especially amongst the girls.


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