Brong Ahafo Region launches “Operation Kick Zero Percent Out” programme in BECE

Forty-four (44) schools in Brong Ahafo scored zero percent in this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), which had compelled the Region to launch a programme dubbed: “Operation Kick Zero Percent Out”.

Mr. Yaw Manu-Yeboa, Acting Regional Director of Education, disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview in Sunyani on Tuesday.

He said the Region presented 863 schools with 34,303 candidates for the examination this year as compared to 32,606 candidates in 2010.

The results for some schools in Nkoranza North, Asunafo South, Nkoranza South, Asutifi, Techiman Municipal, Atebubu/Amantin and Kintampo North District have been withheld, the Acting Regional Director added.

Mr. Manu-Yeboa said other schools, however, performed creditably. The Region scored 64 percent in the examinations, with other districts and municipals ranking higher on the 2011 BECE national league table.

He explained that ensuring quality education at all levels was a collective responsibility of all stakeholders and appealed to the general public to lend support.

Mr Manu-Yeboa said the Regional Directorate of Education launched the “Operation Kick Zero Percent Out” to encourage BECE candidates to score higher grades.

Under the programme, he said, the Directorate would hold periodic meetings with key actors in education including teachers, school heads, Parent Teacher Associations, School Management Committees and Circuit Supervisors.

At these meetings the key actors would be expected to mobilize resources and identify key challenges that contribute to poor performance of students and map out strategies to address such problems.

The Acting Regional Director added that under the programme the Directorate would deploy inspectorate teams to monitor the effectiveness of Government’s School Feeding Programme and the Capitation Grant.

Circuit Supervisors will also be empowered to visit schools regularly to interact and check lesson notes of teachers.

Mr. Manu-Yeboa said the inspectorate teams would also meet with PTAs towards the organisation of mock examinations to help prepare the final year students adequately for the BECE.

Source: GNA

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