The West Mamprusi District (WMD) Education Oversight Committee (DEOC), has resolved to supply school uniforms and writing materials to beneficiaries of the Complementary Basic Education programme (CBE), to enhance their enrolment into formal schools.
The Committee has also planned to facilitate the construction of more educational infrastructure to avoid overcrowding of classrooms as well as deploy teachers to adequately man the classrooms to ensure improved academic exercise.
Those were the outcome of a district review meeting on the implementation of the CBE programme at the WMD organised by CARE International in Ghana at Walewale, in the Northern Region.
The meeting was to enable participants, which included DEOC members, assembly members, and non-governmental organisations, to appreciate the successes and challenges of the CBE in the district and outline practical actions to support the programme.
The CBE programme affords out-of-school children, who are beyond school starting age of eight to 14, the opportunity to acquire basic literacy and numeracy skills within a period of nine months in their mother-tongues to facilitate their enrolment into the formal school system.
Since 2014, CARE International in Ghana with funding from UKaid and the United States Agency for International Development has been implementing the CBE programme in the WMD recording high numbers of learners some of who fail to remain at the formal schools after graduation from the CBE programme.
Poverty, crowded classrooms, and walking long distances to reach nearest formal schools have been identified as some of the factors accounting for poor transition and retention of CBE learners in the formal schools.
Mr Maxwell Atibire, Deputy Director of Education at the WMD told GNA after the meeting that supplying school uniforms to CBE learners upon their admission into formal schools would encourage them to remain in school.
Mr Atibire said his outfit would ensure effective supervision of schools to improve academic exercise while sensitising parents on the CBE programme to help retain graduates in the formal schools.
Mr George Appiah, Project Manager in-charge of CBE at CARE International in Ghana, said the organisation would continue to work with stakeholders in education in the WMD to provide the necessary support to ensure the success of the CBE in the District.