Mr Sixtus Adikwo, Kpandai District Director of Education has decried the abysmal performance of candidates in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the district.
He said in 2013, only 22 per cent of candidates registered in the district passed the BECE, a situation he said needed concerted efforts of stakeholders to reverse.
Mr Adikwo made this known at Kpandai on Wednesday during a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Kpandai Circuit and School Management Committee (KCSMC), and supported by IBIS, a non-governmental organization focused on education.
The forum, which was attended by stakeholders including parents, was to discuss the poor performance of pupils in the BECE and come out with strategies to address the problem.
He said previously, students’ performance was encouraging, stating that in 2009, 50 per cent of BECE candidates passed while 63 per cent passed in 2010, but the standards started falling in 2011.
Mr Adikwo attributed the situation to high teacher absenteeism, lack of qualified teachers, inadequate classroom facilities, or schools organised under trees, non-preparation of lesson notes by teachers, and poor preparation of candidates towards external examinations.
He said: “This is a major issue because you always see most of the children loitering about in town after school, especially during the night.”
He called for proper supervision and monitoring by head teachers at all levels to ensure effective utilization of contact hours.
He stressed the need for teachers in the district to undergo continued training and apply new teaching skills to improve teaching and learning.
He mentioned that the district would from February organise a programme that would ensure that all teachers set performance targets that would be appraised in August.
Mr Jatoh Moayi Jasper, Kpandai District Chief Executive challenged stakeholders to set achievable targets to enable the district to raise its standards and achieve better results in the BECE.
Reverend Father Anselmus Mawusi, Chairman of the KCSMC called on stakeholders and managements of schools to collaborate with the government to provide quality education in the district. GNA