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Global Action Week on Education held

2011-05-26 21:56:16
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Global Action Week on Education, an annual event devoted to education, has been held in Gushegu with a call on parents and stakeholders to pay extra attention to the improvement of the falling standards of the education in the country.

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has also been tasked to effectively monitor teachers and students to ensure they carried out their responsibilities for the attainment of the goals of education.

The forum, which was on the theme; ”Women and girls education; it is a right, make it work” was organized by the Northern Network for Education Development (NNED), an NGO based in the north.

Mr. Fuseini Alhassan, Gushegu District Chief Executive, said the district had revived its supervisory roles in education and had devoted some resources to providing educational facilities for teaching and learning.

He said though the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) performance in the district was bad, efforts were being made to improve the system.

Mr. Alhassan said as part of efforts to include women in the local governance system, the Government appointed four women as Assembly women to serve as role models for the young girls in the area as well as cushion girl-child education.

Mr. Gaskin Dassah, Coordinator for NNED, said the NGO had been joining hands with other civil society organizations and stakeholders to assist government in meeting its goals on education.

Mrs. Leocadia Zarkpala, Director of Education for Gushegu in a speech read for her said more than 65 percent of pupils in the district could neither read nor write.

She said the district had been at the bottom for three consecutive years on the national league table despite numerous resources pumped into the sector.

She attributed the problems to lack of commitment by teachers to the profession, inadequate qualified teachers, inadequate supervision and the inability of parents to show commitment to education.

Mrs. Zarkpala said most BECE graduates in the district cannot pursue higher education and are therefore unable to develop employable skills.


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