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Heads of Schools attend workshop

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Heads of 720 public and private senior high schools (SHSs) have attended a day’s workshop to ascertain and identify the cause of poor performance of final year students at the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

The workshop, second in a series, was also to find solution and help heads to improve upon their performance, was held at the instance of the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES).

The Ministry and the GES have identified lack of proper supervision/management, lack of adequate preparation of students for examinations and lack of teacher preparations as the major causes of poor outcomes.

Similarly, the Chief Examiner’s report also identified poor appreciation of the English language by students, Students inability to apply concepts, lack of understanding of word problems in Mathematics, inadequate coverage of syllabus, and poor biological drawing and labelling as well as poor preparation of students for examinations

Addressing the heads, the Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, said it is unacceptable for a considerable number of schools in the country to record poor performance at the WASSCE, stressing that his Ministry would team up with the GES to support these school to buck up in their performance.

He reiterated his determination to provide low-performing schools with all the resources that would make them scale up their performance.

According to him, when that is done, he would intend expect them to take responsibility for the poor performance of their schools, and be accountable to the GES.

“In the public schools, school heads must justify their continued stay as school heads with the performance of their students. The private schools must also justify their continued operations with the performance of their students in WASSCE.

Any school head that superintends over failure rate of 90 per cent and above cannot be allowed to continue operations without accounting to the GES,” he emphasized.

He added that the purpose of the engagement was to signal the Ministry’s preparedness to support them and at the same time demand improved performance and accountability.

Dr. Prempeh, therefore, tasked heads of SHSs to play key roles in helping their schools to achieve impressive results at WASSCE.

According to him, heads of educational institutions ought to provide inspiration and visionary leadership that would lead to their schools improving their academic performance.

The Education Minister stated that the government values the key roles that teachers play in the training of students and would therefore introduce a number of interventions            to help motivate teachers to deliver quality education.

He mentioned better salaries, promotion of teachers whose times are due and the introduction of affordable housing scheme as some of the new measures that would be adopted by government to help improve their performance.

 


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