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CODE Executives Pay Courtesy call on Education Minister

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The President of the Conference of Directors of Education (CODE), Mr. Osei Kwadwo Hayford, has led executives of the group to pay a courtesy call on the Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, last Monday.

According to him the primary objective of the call was to among other things, render their profound and sincere gratitude and appreciation to her for the honour done them for accepting their invitation to be the Special Guest of Honour at the association’s 22nd Annual Conference in Takoradi between 24th – 28th August, 2015. He said they really appreciated her presence at the function and the speech she delivered which touched on every facet of the job of the District Director of Education in Ghana, adding that it enriched their professional and administrative competencies.

Whilst wishing the Minister an advanced Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year, he underscored the fact they as District Directors of Education were determined more than ever to before to ensure that the quality of education in the country was continuously improved by effective monitoring, supervision and evaluation. Under this, they would ensure an end to examination malpractices amongst students by continuously appointing disciplined teachers and supervisors to manage the conduct of BECE and WASSCE at the District level and at examination centres.

Mr. Osei Kwadwo indicated that they were going to continuously implement the educational policies of government as well as the Education Strategic Plan to ensure the achievement of the set objectives.

Touching on challenges confronting them, he said there was poor logistical support in terms of fuel for their vehicles to do monitoring and supervision, unpaid utility bills and vehicle maintenance. Additionally, apart from their vehicles being very old, many districts do not have both office and residential accommodation of their own and so rent them and find it difficult to pay rents.

Responding, the Minister said she had acknowledged all that he had narrated but without their mention of the achievements of students especially in BECE and WASSCE and questioned the kind of communication that went on between District Directors, parents and WAEC in connection with the conduct of examinations and their outcomes.

Prof. Naana Opoku Agyemeng, therefore urged them to let their voices be heard on the performance of students, rape and defilement cases, so that they earn respect and not command it.

The Minister also disclosed to them that she had personally seen a situation where the covers of all new exercise books supplied to a school removed and replaced with different ones and sold to pupils, saying that the more government wanted to take away the burden of parents and pupils, the more teachers contributed to the burden.

She asked CODE members to be concerned about issues pertaining to ghost names on the GES payroll, use of fake teacher’s certificate as well as teachers and pupils’ absenteeism and rise up to the occasion.

Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang said even though their challenges were legitimate, she urged them to do their best out of the situation whilst solutions are found to them.

In a brief remark, the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Enoch Cobbinah, said their total support was needed in the conduct of both BECE and WASSCE to ensure improved results and asked them to take it up as a challenge

 


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