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The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Asuogyaman in the Eastern Region, Samuel Kwame Agyekum, has indicated that the District has put in place strategies to improve education in the District.
The strategies which include construction of classroom blocks for deprived Schools, provision of adequate teaching and learning materials including furniture, organising free extra and vacation classes, motivating teachers and students, resourcing the education directorate with logistics for supervision and the formation of the District Education Oversight Committee to oversee issues pertaining to education in the district.
The DCE made this observations in an interview with Ghananewsonline.com.gh during the commissioning of a six unit classroom block equipped with a library, a computer laboratory, a staff common room including the headmaster’s Office for Senchi Ferry Methodist Junior high School and a three unit kindergarten complex for Anum Anglican Basic School. It was financed with funding from the District Assemblies Common Fund and the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) respectively on Friday.
Agyekum who assisted the commissioning exercise done by the Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kofi Kwakye Darfour, was surprised why the previous District Chief Executive could not complete the project initiated by his own government during the late former President John Evans Atta Mills administration, leaving the children to study under trees for the past eight years without any interventions.
He revealed that “even though successful governments have played their roles to improve education in the district, our results obtained from the Basic Education Certificate Exams (BECE) over the years were relatively low but thank God we are seeing some improvement within this two years of the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo led NPP administration under my watch as the District Chief Executive”.
“Asuogyaman District scored 67 percent and ranked 17th in the 2017 West Africa Examination Council’s BECE results released as well as the Eastern Regional ranking of Municipal and District performance under the year in review respectively, God being so good we were able to improve on our 2017 results after scoring 73 percent in the results released by the Examination governing body WAEC in 2018 BECE exams and ranking tenth in the Regional ranking, an indication of effort made and we are poised to champion the Region in no time,” the DCE announced.
The DCE who was wondered how issues relating to Education was handled by his predecessor surprisingly revealed that the District Education Oversight Committee has been on break for six years before he took over as the head of the assembly in May 2017.
“Nananom, I am still wondering how issues relating to Education in our district was handled by the previous government. It will surprise you to note that the District education oversight committee (DEOC) which is responsireconstitutedg policy direction for education in our District was on break for the past six years before I took office in May 2017, there is no single records to show as evidence of meeting to discuss anything about our education in the past six years,” he stated during the commissioning held at Senchi and Anum respectively.
He explained that the success chalked in the education sector is based on quality and timely interventions put in place by the District and the District Education Oversight Committee which was reconstituted by the assembly.
“With the timely interventions by the District Education Oversight Committee the Assembly was able to approach a phylantropist who took responsibility of organizing extra classes, pay teachers to organise vacation classes for the the BECE candidates across the District, procure mathematical sets, pens, pencils and rulers for over 1700 candidates.
“He promised to purchase everything on the prospectus of any student who secures aggregate six to ten in the district which he has fulfilled by purchasing all requirements on the prospectus of fifteen students who secured the said grades in the District and motivated each of them with Ghc300. This man has promised to increase his support this year to see significant improvements in education of Asuogyaman” he noted.
The Regional Minister Eric Kofi Kwakye Darfour urged the education department to employ a maintainance culture for the facility to stand the text of time.
The cost of the projects is Ghs 450.000.00 for the Senchi methodist JHS Block and Ghs 345,000.00 for Anum Anglican basic school block.
The Regional Minister together with the DCE also presented 100 tertiary desks to the Anum Presbyterian Vocational School.
Source: William Dei-Gyau ||