The Central Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) had pledged its readiness to undertake immediate steps to effectively collaborate with relevant stakeholders to avert the falling standard of education in the Region.
In view of this, the RCC would soon organise a regional education stakeholder’s forum to extensively deliberate on the issue to draw a four-year road-map to help improve education and safeguard the future of the Region.
Additionally, a Regional Education Trust Fund would be established to address challenges such as inadequate teaching and learning materials, lack of teacher motivation and other packages faced by some public basic schools to enhance academic performance.
From the fund, scholarships and other assistance would also be given to brilliant but needy students as well as provide in-service training for teachers and circuit supervisors to strengthen supervision.
These were contained in a report by the Chairman of the Central Regional Education Committee, Mr Bless Kwame Darkey during a stakeholders’ breakfast meeting on the Region’s development at Cape Coast on Monday.
The stakeholders included Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), Traditional leaders, Heads of Departments of institutions and Agencies, the business community, religious groups and the media.
Mr Darkey noted in his report that, lack of effective supervision by circuit supervisors and headteachers, under-staffing, malfunctioning of the District Education Management Committees and parental neglect were the major factors contributing to the low students’ performance in the region.
Although the Region prided itself as the citadel of education having a large number of the “elite” Senior High Schools (SHS) in the country, many students were not able to secure admission into these schools after completing Junior High School (JHS) due to poor academic performance.
The Central Regional Minister, Mr Kwamena Duncan said regional and district award schemes would be instituted to motivate students to learn well for good grades to enable them to enrol in the best SHSs in the Region.
The scheme would also acknowledge performing schools and teachers in the Region and would motivate them to give of their best.
He implored MMDCEs to organise similar foras in their respective districts to strategise on how to improve education, particularly, Basic Education Certificate Examination and ensure development in their jurisdictions.