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2021 District League Table: Ga West municipality remains best performing in education

BY: Juliet Akyaa Safo
2021 District League Table: Ga West municipality remains best performing in education
2021 District League Table: Ga West municipality remains best performing in education

The Ga West municipality in the Greater Accra Region maintained its position as the best performing Metropolitan, Municipal and District (MMD) in the education sector with a score of 90.16, per the 2021 District League Table (DLT) Report.

In 2020, Ga West municipality scored 95.54 where it emerged as the best-performing MMD in the education sector.

The Awutu Senya East municipality in the Central Region and the Kpone-Katamanso municipality in the Greater Accra Region followed closely with a score of 86.53 per cent and 84.64 per cent respectively.

The key indicator used to measure their performances in the education sector included gross access rate to kindergartens, final exam pass rate at the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), Net enrolment rate at KG, primary and junior high school (JHS) and the completion rate at primary and JHS.

The indicators were assessed under seven sectors, namely; health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation, governance and energy.

The 2021 DLT Report was launched by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) in partnership with UNICEF Ghana in Accra.

The report was aimed at measuring the impact of service delivery across the country’s 261 districts and providing the government and other development actors with evidence to ensure a more equitable allocation of resources.

It was also to ensure that the government recognises that they still have the responsibility to address the imbalances in well-being across the country.

MMDs performance in education sector

According to the report, the top 10 MMDs in education were the Ga West municipality, Awutu Senya East municipality, Kpone-Katamanso municipality, Ablekuma West municipality and Adentan municipality.

The rest were Gomoa East District, Atwima Kwanwoma District, Kwabre East municipality, Atwima Nwabiagya North District and Ga Central municipality.

The report indicated that the top 10 were concentrated in the Greater Accra, Central and Ashanti regions.

Lowest ranked

However, the report also noted that the lowest-ranked MMD in education was the Ayawaso North municipality in the Greater Accra Region.

“Ayawaso North municipality was also the lowest ranked MD in education in 2020, an indication that there are important structural and persistent problems that need to be addressed and specific policies developed for the people in the municipality.

“Again, the net enrolment ratios for both primary and JHS for Ayawaso North municipality were as low as 47.4 per cent and 23.7 per cent, compared to the country's average of 105.8 per cent and 51.3 per cent, respectively,” the report stated.

It further indicated that the completion rates for primary and JHS in the municipality were 31.7 per cent and 26.1 per cent, compared to the average of 115.9 per cent and 86.4 per cent.

Four MMDs, concentrated in the Greater Accra Region, also obtained scores greater than 80 per cent while the majority of the MMDs with the low scores of less than 20 per cent were in the Savannah, Upper East, Bono East, and Volta regions.

The Savannah Region maintained its 2020 position, as the least ranked region, with a further drop in index performance from 15.5 per cent in 2020 to 14.5 per cent in 2021.