Dr Kwasi Akyem Apea-Kubi, the Eastern Regional Minister, has said a total of 112 public and private schools in the Region scored zero per cent in the 2011 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
He said though the number was less than the previous year’s total of 266 schools scoring 100 per cent, there was still more work to be done to improve the educational system.
He said this on Wednesday during the second “Meet the Press” briefing in Koforidua, adding that as the “situation was very disturbing I have formed a committee to help rectify the problem and to map up appropriate strategies to tackle the problem.”
Dr Apea-Kubi said the poor performance by the basic schools in the region could be attributed to the quality of teachers in the classrooms, overcrowding and ineffective supervision.
He appealed to the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the region to sponsor students to the Teacher Training Colleges who would come to replace the untrained teachers in the system.
Dr Apea-Kubi said that the result analysis proved that the Eastern Region scored a 53 per cent pass with the Akuapem South District scoring the highest with 74 per cent and Yilo Krobo District scoring the lowest with 25 per cent.
He said a total of 37, 589 candidates sat for the examination out of which 11, 027 candidates got aggregates ranging between six and 24.
Dr Apea-Kubi gave the assurance that government was committed to ensuring that education was improved in the region and “that is why we have improved upon the school feeding programme, the distribution of free exercise books, free school uniform programme and the capitation grant.”