Lack commitment, cause of poor performance of students in BECE

Stakeholders involved in education and other influential members of the society have been blamed for the consistent poor performance of students in the Basic Education Certificate Examination, (BECE) in the Northern region.

They were blamed for the  lack of commitment to carry out reforms and for interfering in the postings of teachers or their t transfers on disciplinary grounds.

Mr Musah Alhassan Jawula, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Northern Network for Education and  Development (NNED) and other participants made these observations at a day’s forum organized by NNED on Thursday in Tamale to identify the causes of poor performance of students in the BECE examination in the  Region and to help find solutions to them.

The  NNED is a a network of Civil Society Organisations, Non-governmental Organisations and individuals  dedicated to advocating for equitable access to quality education for all.

Mr Jawula noted that while schools in the rural areas lacked teachers, particularly qualified ones,  the urban centers, especially Tamale, had some schools which were over staffed.

He said the reason for this situation was due to interference from some influential members of   the society  who came to plead with the education authorities not to post their wards, relations or friends to the rural areas.

Alhaji Abdul Rahaman, Metropolitan Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and a former District   Director at the Zabzugu/Tatale District which performed very well in the BECE, briefed the participants on the various measures and interventions he undertook to improve upon the performance in the district.

He said  he held regular meetings with the Parent -Teacher Association (PTA) ,the School Management Committee (SMC) and opinion leaders in the community, adding that the District Assembly and World Vision  were of great assistance as they took up the challenge and cooperated with the district directorate of education.

In a presentation made by Mr Dari Dramani, Ghana Education Service Coordinator in-charge Second- Cycle Schools and NGOs said the Northern Region had not fared well in the BECE examination as compared to some other parts of the  nation, but added that all the same he performance had been remarkably stable with an average of about   40 per cent.

He said the Management of the GES had put in measures to help push up the performance and noted   that the Nanumba North District ranked 8th in the 2011 BECE nationwide with 83.41 per cent pass,  while some districts such as Zabzugu/Tatale, Bunkpurugu/ Yonyoo, Central Gonja and West Mamprusi also performed  creditably by scoring above and close to the national pass rate of 59.45 per cent.

Source: GNA

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