Denkyembour District Assembly Holds Meeting with Heads of Basic Schools

Posted by Elvis Offei-Bekoe - 20th June 2023

On Tuesday 20th June 2023, the Denkyembour District Assembly held a meeting with all heads of basic schools to mainly discuss and address the poor performance of students in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and identify the challenges faced within schools and communities, while finding suitable solutions to improve learner performance.

The meeting commenced with the District Chief Executive, Honourable Seth Birikorang Ofosu, extending a warm welcome to all the attendees. He emphasized the significance of quality education and expressed concerns about the declining performance of students in the BECE over the years. The DCE acknowledged the collective responsibility of all stakeholders in addressing this issue and emphasized the need for collaborative efforts to find sustainable solutions.

He began with the analysis of performance: The DCE presented statistical data reflecting the poor performance trends in the district’s BECE results over the past few years. The decline in scores was a cause for concern, highlighting the urgent need for intervention measures.

The heads of basic schools were given the opportunity to share their perspectives on the challenges faced within their respective schools and communities. The challenges highlighted include inadequate teaching and learning resources, Lack of motivation among teachers and students, inadequate parental involvement and support, insufficient infrastructure and overcrowded classrooms, limited access to technology and digital learning resources and other socio-economic factors affecting students’ concentration and attendance.

The meeting proceeded with an open discussion to generate potential solutions to address the identified challenges. Top solutions that were offered by all participants included provision of adequate teaching and learning resources, including textbooks, stationery, and teaching aids, implementation of teacher training and professional development programs to enhance pedagogical skills, promotion of parental engagement through community outreach programs and parent-teacher associations and collaboration with relevant stakeholders to improve infrastructure and address overcrowding. Also, the introduction of technology-enabled learning initiatives, such as computer labs and access to digital resources and the provision of support systems for economically disadvantaged students, such as scholarships and mentorship programs would really help in improving education amongst the basic schools.

To ensure effective implementation of the proposed solutions, an interim action plan was developed. It included the organization of a seminar with all eligible candidates to educate them on what examiners expect from them. These seminar would be undertaken in every circuit after which a super mock would be organized for all finalists within the district. Results of the super mock would be analyzed before the main BECE exams to determine the level of preparedness of the candidates.

The District Chief Executive expressed his gratitude to all participants for their active engagement and valuable contributions. He reiterated the importance of a united approach and assured the heads of basic schools of the District Assembly’s commitment to supporting them in implementing the proposed solutions. The meeting concluded on a positive note, with a renewed sense of purpose and determination to improve the educational outcomes of students in the Denkyembour District.