Results released by the West Africa Examination Council for the 2018 Basic Education Certificate Examination in Sissala East indicates a sharp decline from 60 per cent in 2017 to 42 per cent in 2018.
The appalling performance by candidates has engaged the attention of education stakeholders in the Sissala East Municipality to review various learning and teaching approaches to improve future results.
Speaking during a review meeting in Tumu, Mr Karim Nanyua, the Municipal Chief Executive, expressed worry that in spite of numerous interventions by the Assembly in 2018, the area still registered poor results.
The stakeholders had gathered discuss causes of the appalling performance and suggest solutions to the situation.
Mr Nanyua said the Assembly it took care of the cost of feeding, utility, accommodation and mathematical sets of candidates in 2018 and wondered why the results were poor.
“We went down from 2017 record of over 60 per cent performance to almost 42 per cent in 2018,” Mr Nanyua said: “Despite the fact that some children could be blamed for the failure, parents and teachers must put in more effort in assisting children to learn”.
He called on parents and guardians to assist their children to learn at home to complement what they learn at school, since education of the child is a shared responsibility.
“Teachers need to engage children more with assignments and tests after lessons so that the children will not find the time to idle,” he said.
He urged teachers to make the effort to follow up children in their homes to monitor how they go about their studies.
The MCE assured stakeholders that the Assembly was making efforts to improve education performance, particularly at the BECE level, as officials take steps to engage students, parents and teachers.
The Assembly is seeking to visit circuits to listen, analyse and address the needs and challenges facing the schools and come out with a mock examination for final year candidates.