The Volta Regional Minister, Henry Ford Kamel, has entreated all Municipal and District Directors of Education and their Assemblies, to organise stakeholders meetings to deliberate on the ways to halt the rapid fall in the standards of education in the region.
Addressing the 5th Regional Education Sector Annual Review Meeting held in Ho, on the theme: “Quality education, the obvious tool to build a Better Ghana”, he indicated that “quality education could be achieved only when the right environment for learning is provided the practitioners and the learners”.
The meeting brought together Municipal and District Directors of Education, Municipal and District Chief Executives and heads of public second and tertiary institutions.
Mr. Kamel remarked that the region is the manpower base for the country and that nothing should be done to retard the progress made over the years.
“Teachers in deprived areas work under difficult situations, like crossing rivers with canoe to collect their salaries and need to be motivated”, he charged the meeting.
According to him, a lot of resources have been injected into the training of more professional teachers, provision of infrastructure at all levels, especially the basic and second cycle schools, to make learning better.
“Let us join hands with the government and the Ghana Education Service, and perform our duties and responsibilities to the very best of our abilities to ensure the achievement of our objective of providing productive and functional education for the nation as a whole, and the region in particular,” he advised.
He urged teachers to desist from drunkenness and absenteeism, warning that “if it becomes persistent, the offenders would be sanctioned”.
The Volta Regional Director of Education, Gabriel Kploanyi, in his welcome address,
lamented the decline of education in the region.
According to him, available statistics show that the region’s performance dropped from 43.9 per cent to 38 per cent 2010, a decline of about 5.9 per cent.
Mr. Kploanyi acknowledged the serious challenges militating against the delivery quality education and assured of measures put in place to reverse the trend.
The chief of Ziari traditional area, Togbe Koku Ayina IX, chaired the function and called for the effective supervision and monitoring of teachers, which according to him, have been lacking in recent times.