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Project to address abysmal performance in schools

2011-02-28 19:28:27
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The Tackling Education Needs Inclusively (TENI) Project is embarking on new strategies aimed at addressing the abysmal performance of basic schools in the Northern Regions.

As part of the measures to help address the problem, TENI Project has trained 31 retired Teachers, 11 Circuit Supervisors, 24 National Volunteers, 12 NGOs partners and 16 District Education Staff including four frontline Assistant District Directors, on School Performance Review (SPR) and data collection.

All the participants drawn from the West Mamprusi District are supposed to collect data on SPR in 154 Basic Schools in the West Mamprusi District of the Northern Region.

Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC), Link Community Development, Pronet Association, the Ghana Education Service (GES),
National Service Secretariat and West Mamprusi, Talensi Nabdam and
Jirapa Districts are the Implementers of the TENI project which is a 10
year project.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency after the workshop, the Upper East Regional Manager of ISODEC, Mr Jonathan Adabre, said the main objective of the data was to collate accurate and reliable and timely data that would help the Ghana Education Service to address the falling standards of education in basic schools in the West Mamprusi District and the Northern Regions in general.

Mr Adabre said he was unhappy about the trend of the poor performance of many basic schools in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions and could continue to draw the development of the area backwards if the situation was not reversed.

He said that after the data collection, it would be analysed and shared at the District, Regional level and the National level to ensure that the duty bearers respond appropriately to the needs of the communities for improved education delivery in District, Regional and Northern Ghana in general.

Mr Adabre said the overall goal of the TENI project is to improve transition, retention and performance of basic schools in the three Northern Regions and indicated that the 10 year project was in its second year.

He said the TENI project had also initiated a dialogue with District Assemblies, GES and NGOs in the West Mamprusi to ensure that there was coherence and efficiency in the utilization of resources so as to avoid duplication of efforts.

Mr Bashiru Nurideen, TENI Coordinator for Link Community Development who facilitated the training workshop urged the participants to see themselves as owners of the data since they were all from the GES and indicated that the outcome of the data would help highlight the training needs of teachers, number of teachers required for effective education delivery and the level of participation of communities in education delivery among others.

The Deputy Director in charge of the West Mamprusi District, Mr John Asagibe said formally in gathering data on SPR the GES often engaged Circuit Supervisors but now with the involvement of the retired teachers, Circuit Supervisors and National Volunteers it would make the data more meaningful to be able to address the poor performance of basic schools in the area.


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