Asunafo North teachers indicted

BY: Samuel K. Obour

The Asunafo North Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Alhaji Mohammed Doku, has indicted teachers and their supervisors in public basic schools for the abysmal performance of pupils in the municipality.

He noted that the work attitude of some professional teachers and supervisors at the Municipal Education Directorate left much to be desired.

Speaking at the municipal education forum at Goaso, Alhaji Doku stated that, “If the performance of our schoolchildren in the municipality at the basic level is to be the yardstick to measure the competence and performance of our teachers, then I dare say that recent results of our children at the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) level have seriously indicted the professional competence of the teachers and their supervisors.”

The forum was meant to discuss the state of education in the municipality and find ways of correcting the wrongs in the system. It was on the theme: “Improving Education in Asunafo North – The role of stakeholders.”

The MCE said a comparative analyses of results in the BECE revealed that public schools were far behind the private schools.

While some public schools are scoring zero per cent, many of the private schools are making 98 per cent passes.

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The irony of the situation is that unlike the public schools, which have well-trained professional teachers, the private schools are handled by pupil teachers.

Besides, the teachers in public schools are well paid than their counterparts in private schools.

“If with all these benefits public schools are producing zero  per cent result, then it calls to question the integrity of both teachers and officers of the municipal education directorate.

“Judging from the above analyses, there may be various reasons for the abysmal performance of public schools in the municipality, but for me, I have sighted lateness, drunkenness, lackadaisical attitudes towards work, non-commitment, sabotage and non-supervision on the part of teachers and the education directorate as those that have brought us to this level,” the MCE said.

Alhaji Doku said the municipality had reached a stage where quality education could not be compromised.

“The Asunafo North Municipal Assembly is fully conscious of the fact that an educated youth is a productive labour force in our nation building effort.”

“It is for this reason that this assembly continues to allocate huge resources to support the education sector towards the improvement of quality education to ensure the upbringing of responsible, morally upright and law-abiding citizens,” he said.

Since 2009, the Asunafo North Municipal Assembly has spent GH¢3,110,004.05 on  37 classroom blocks and teachers accommodation at the basic level.

In addition, the central government has also spent over GH¢7 million on infrastructure at both Mim and Ahafoman senior high schools.

By Kwame Asare Boadu/Daily Graphic/Ghana