The Ghana Education Service must intensify supervision of teachers in the Adaklu District to make them “sit up,” a Member of Parliament has said.
Mr Kwame Agbodza, the Member of Parliament for the area, made the appeal at Adaklu Waya in the Adaklu District on Friday when he visited some basic schools in the district to identify the causes of poor performance of pupils in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
He said the poor show by schools in the BECE was due to a number of factors such as poor supervision, absenteeism and lateness of teachers, apathy towards teaching and truancy by pupils.
The others are lack of school infrastructure, teacher deficit, non-functional Parent/Teacher Associations and lack of teaching and learning materials.
The district scored 43 per cent in the last BECE with only two schools out of 23 schools scoring hundred per cent while the best aggregate of most of the schools ranged between 19 and 25.
The MP said some of the schools were without teachers at the time of his visit.
He said government was doing its best for teachers and appealed to them to reciprocate it by putting in their maximum.
Mr. Agbodza advised parents to plan their families in order to plan towards the education of their children.
He told the pupils that “Education is not only the key to your success but the golden pot so let the sky be your limit.”
“My first, second and third priority for the Adaklu District is education” he said and pledged to be at the forefront to restore the district to its past glory.
The MP pledged to sponsor the Senior High School Education of any pupil that would get aggregate six in this year’s BECE in the district.
Mr Agbodza donated five gas cylinders, five commercial ovens and a double-door fridge at a total value of 9,000 Ghana cedis to the Home Economics Department of the Adaklu Senior High School.
He also donated 50 lap-top computers and 3,000 exercise books to 15 Junior High Schools.
Mr. Isaac Koku Asiegbor, Adaklu District Director of Education, said lack of trained teachers was also affecting the quality of teaching in the district and that staff rationalization was going on for fair distribution of trained teachers in the district. GNA