Mr Martin Kwesi, the Savannah Regional Statistical Officer with the Regional Education Directorate has called on stakeholders to collectively tackle the falling standards of education in the Region.
He said most schools performed poorly, especially in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West African Senior High School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), over the years, which called for all stakeholders to have the introspection of what the problem could be and how best to resolve it.
The Regional Statistical Officer was speaking at a Stakeholders consultative meeting on the preparation of the annual District education operational plan at Bole held at the Bole Senior High School on November 18, 2021, aimed at creating a platform for stakeholders to dialogue and proffer solutions to curb the falling standards of education in the District and the region at large.
Mr Martin speaking exclusively to Yagbon News charged stakeholders in the education sector to be accountable in whatever they do and perform their duties and responsibilities accordingly, in order to ensure quality education for the younger generations.
“Educational accountability involves a diverse array of means by which education providers are required to give an account of their work and held responsible for their performance”, he noted.
He said in providing the necessary funding for infrastructure, teaching and learning materials to improve quality education; stakeholders especially Head Teachers, Internal Auditors and Educational Accountants have a key role to play by ensuring that control measures were in place to promote the judicious use of resources.
He, therefore, appealed to teachers and managers of education in various in the District and the region to regularly upgrade their knowledge and skills to ensure efficiency in order to address the challenges.
Weak supervision of teachers in public schools has been identified as one of the major causes of fallen standards of education in Region.
“Most teachers knowing that they were not strictly supervised do not either attend school regularly to teach or render poor teaching to the school children that is affecting educational standards”. Mr. Martin disclosed.
Mr. Martin, stressed that the lack of effective supervisory role in Public Schools was a serious problem affecting the quality of education.
“Public schools have more teachers than Private Schools yet the standards of public schools are falling abysmally whilst that of private schools continues to improve.
This is because in the Private Schools there is effective monitoring of teachers. GES should ensure that this is replicated in public schools”.
He called on the Ghana Education Service to ensure that its supervisory function was strengthened by ensuring that Circuit Supervisors visit schools to supervise teachers.
Mr. Martin, called on stakeholders including Assembly Members, Opinion leaders, and parents to actively team up with school management teams to ensure that performance of schools progressed successfully.