A Senior Lecturer at The University of Cape Coast and Founder of John Gatsi Educational Foundation, Dr. John Gatsi, has expressed worry over how The District Directors of Education are replaced without recourse to its negative impact on education at the lover level of education in The Country.
According to Dr. Gatsi, “over the past seven years The Ketu North District Education Directorate had not less than four District Directors including those who worked in acting positions and with limited resources”.
He however, hoped that, The New District Director will desire to stay longer to carry through her vision for the district.
He said, “the effectiveness and availability of the tools and logistics needed by the supervisory entity (District Education Office and Circuit Supervisors) is an important part of the entire process”.
He however, recognized the commitment of the District Education Office to support and collaborate with Stakeholders, like his Foundation, to improve upon teaching and learning in a disciplined environment.
The Founder, who doubles as The Head, The Department of Finance, School of Business at UCC, made these remarks when addressing Chiefs, Queen Mothers, Officials of The Ghana Education Service, Teachers, Opinion Leaders and Students at The Roman Catholic Demonstration Basic School at Dzodze on the 7th Award Ceremony of The John Gatsi Educational Foundation annual program.
He observed that, “educational delivery process that focuses only on students cannot be effective as equitable investment. The key actors in the process are needed to produce an outcome that satisfies all”.
It is in this spirit, that The Foundation, apart from conducting competitive examinations leading to awards to deserving students, it conduct refresher training for teachers who teach Mathematics, Integrated Science and English Language, using experienced examiners within and outside The District.
The 2016 John Gatsi Educational Foundation Annual Excellence Competitive Examinations was written on 4th November, 2016 at Dekpor where more than sixty Schools participated.
The Lecturer, noted that, “as a Country, the time has come to distinguish between educational expenditure that leads to increase access and those that lead to improvement in teaching and learning as well as quality”.
According to him, any approach to promote education should invariably result in quality performance outcomes. Because, quality performance outcomes can only be attained through quality investments in supervision and teacher professional development, he added.
He also used the occasion to appeal to stakeholders to rethink about spending directed to professional development and subject specific training for teachers to enhance overall improvement.
In all 15 students from category A and 4 students from category B were awarded, the awards include: Certificates, Mathematics Sets, Text Books, Citations and other learning materials. The cash component of the award for the Best overall student and the best female which is GHc1000 .00 each will be released when they receive admission letters to ensure the money is spent on education.
The results have shown that, 22 students in category A and 6 students in category B most of whom failed in Mathematics are therefore not qualify for the awards.
“Overall Best Student
Ayertey Augustine-Mac Tetteh International School,overall Best Female
Juliet Jackson – Vehem International School
and overall Best School-Mawuli school complex.
Delivering the keynote address, on the theme: Discipline and educational achievement, Professor, Paul Dela Ahiatrogah of The College of Distance Education, University Of Cape Coast, admonished students to be disciplined in all that they do, in order to go far in their academic pursuits.
According to him, ” there is sufficient evidence which suggests that discipline has a moderate positive relationship with academic performance of pupils in primary schools “.
He said, Circuit Supervisors of Ghana Education Service on their monitoring exercise should interact with pupils on teachers’ disciplinary measures and procedures.
Since harsh and psychologically unhealthy measures on pupils goes a long way to affect them and the entire purpose of education”. Professor, Ahiatrogah, wanted corporal punishment reduced to the nearest minimum, adding that, it should continue be the last resort.
On her part, The Ketu North District Director of Education, mercy E.E. Ashiagbor, called on the stakeholders to show a higher sense of commitment to contribute to education in a more aggressive manner so as to achieve a total quality education delivery in The District.
She also asked elders and parents to “help lay a solid ground for quality education delivery in our dear District which we can all be proud of”.
She was however, grateful to Dr. John Gatsi for supporting education in The District.
By Francis Edzorna Mensah