The Agency for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Adaklu District Directorate of the Ghana Education Service has held School Performance Appraisal Meeting (SPAM) in selected schools within the District.
The agency which is a local partner of Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) on the ‘I Am Aware Project’ in the Adaklu District of the Volta Region aimed at helping to improve academic performance in the district.
The meetings, under the auspices of the District Director of Education, Mr. Francis K. Agbemadi were held between Tuesday, March 2, 2021 to Thursday, March 4, 2021 in Adaklu Dzakpo, Adaklu Wayanu, Adaklu Kpeleho, Adaklu Kordiabe and Avelebe basic schools aimed at initiating measures to improve academic performance at the basic school level.
The program, which drew participants from the Adaklu District Education Directorate, CDD-Ghana, Agency for Sustainable Development, Schools and communities focused on the analysis of the District’s performance in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) from 2018 to 2019 as the District Education Directorate was yet to receive 2020 BECE results and action planning towards improving future performances.
It was revealed that the district performance during 2018 and 2019 were 41% and 60% respectively. In 2019, a total of 522 pupils sat for the BECE comprising 284 males and 238 females out of which 177 males and 134 females passed.
Mavis Dome Zuporke, a project officer at CDD-Ghana, in an address urged participants to take the SPAM seriously as it presents a platform to advocate for improved service delivery and community action planning.
On his part, Bless Kofi Vieku of Agency for Sustainable Development urged parents and communities to draw comprehensive plans targeted at implementing agreed actions and commitment.
Notable among the issues impeding academic work as raised were; teacher absenteeism, indiscipline, inadequate educational materials and facilities, lateness among teachers and pupils, excessive use of mobile phones in schools, laziness, intimate relationships between male teachers and female pupils, lack of access to basic necessities like water in schools and ineffective Parent Teachers’ Associations (PTAs) and School Management Committees (SMCs).
Some teachers held that refusal of transfers and study leave with pay requests account for teacher absenteeism in most of the schools.
Mr Samuel Bruku, Assistant Director in charge of planning at the District Education Directorate explained that teachers are posted to where services are required and therefore teachers could not cite refusal of study leave and transfer request as reasons for truancy.
He cautioned the teachers to desist from these recalcitrant actions as any further move in this direction would require invitation by the disciplinary committee and subsequent actions.
On his part, Mr. George Dzovor, Assistant Director in charge of Finance and Administration advised teachers and parents to collaborate effectively towards securing bright future for the pupils. He added that the District Education Directorate’s resolve to ensuring quality teaching and learning would be enhanced in spite of the many challenges facing the office as they moved to replicate SPAM in other schools.
He further called on teachers and pupils to set targets in the core subjects with clear road maps to achieving them.
Community members and other participants pleaded with the organizers to hold SPAM in schools at least once a year while calling for support to secure educational materials, classroom blocks and other facilities in schools that do not have.
Prince Elikplim Denu, an active citizen in Adaklu Kpeleho expressed satisfaction in the potentials of the meeting by describing it as “a very important activity that will go a long way to enhance teaching and learning as it awakens every stakeholder.”
The I Am Aware (IAA) project is a transparency and accountability initiative that seeks to improve the delivery of public goods and services.
It is a CDD-Ghana’s social accountability project with funding support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The project, which is implemented in 3 phases aims at empowering citizens with information to improve awareness and engagement with duty bearers.
Phase one started in November 2011 and ended in December 2013, Phase two from January 2014 to December 2018. Phase three is running from January 2019 to July 2022. The IAA project is implemented by local CSOs in 20 districts across Ghana with Agency for Sustainable Development implementing in Adaklu.
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