Candidates of Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) of rural schools are unable to access information on their results and placements under the computerised school selection and placement (CSSP) system because they lack access to the Internet.
Thus they have to travel long distances to the towns and cities to access information on their performance at the BECE and the schools where they have been placed, Mr Francis Avonsige, Builsa district director of education, said on Thursday.
He said, this year, he had to print students’ placements for them because neither their schools nor their communities had computers and internet facilities.
The district director was speaking when Mr John Tia Akulogo, minister of information, visited Sandema as part of his three-day working tour of the Upper East Region, to interact with heads of government departments, civil and public servants and the people of the region.
Mr Avonsige commended the government for providing educational infrastructure and appealed to the Ghana Education Service to post more trained teachers to the district, saying only 45 per cent of teachers working in the district was trained.
He said the directorate had received and distributed 8,000 school uniforms and 49,000 exercise books – each junior secondary school student received 12 exercise books; primary four to six pupils were given nine exercise books each while primary three pupils had six exercise books each.
Mr Akulogo appealed to graduates of senior secondary and tertiary institutions to take up pupil teaching appointments as short-term measure to address the dearth of teachers.