Mr Seth Badu, the acting Headmaster of Kwabre Senior High School in the Nkoranza South District of the Brong Ahafo region has attributed the fallen standards of education to the failure of government to provide the necessary logistics to boost the morale of teachers.
“Some logistics meant for schools will arrive late when a greater part of the academic year will be gone and such a situation undoubtedly affects teaching and learning”, he said.
Speaking at a forum organised by the Nkoranza Students Union, Mr Badu said the lack of accommodation for teachers, especially those in deprived communities, was a major challenge facing education in the area as a number of teachers refused postings to such areas.
He said the refusal of some parents to provide the needs of their children tended to move such children on to the streets to join bad peer groups and indulge in social vices.
Mr Badu said teachers who indulged in frequent absenteeism and alcoholism must stop, and advised students to respect their teachers so they could become responsible citizens in future.
Rev. Canon Peter Kwadwo Sakyi, in charge of the Saint Barnabas Anglican Church at Nkoranza, urged metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to arrange for incentive packages for hardworking teachers in their areas to encourage them to give off their best.
Rev Kubi Asuama Yeboah, Acting Nkoranza District Director of Education, advised the two district assemblies to arrange for sponsorship for brilliant but needy students.
He called for bye-laws to check the attendance of school children at video shows, concerts, funerals and dance sessions.