According to some traditional leaders in the Northern Region, most schools' infrastructure is impacting smooth teaching and learning, as well as student academic performance.
They said that this, in addition to a lack of furniture and teaching and learning resources for the new curriculum, was inhibiting the seamless delivery of classes, resulting in poor student performance on national exams.
They claimed this in Tamale, when representatives of the Northern Regional House of Chiefs were invited to deliver the findings of a study on student performance in the region by Norsaac, a civil society organization (CSO).Norsaac's "Education for Active Citizenship (EFAC) Project" hosted the event.
The project aims to bring together individuals, state actors and CSOs in the field of education, the corporate sector, and traditional authority to refocus investments in Northern Ghana's public schools on enhancing teaching and learning.
It is being implemented in Ghana with the help of OXFAM.
According to the statistics, the region had a very low percentage of pupils passing with six credits.
The region had low percentages of pupils who took the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in Junior High Schools (JHSs), with 38.4 percent in 2019 and 43.2 percent in 2020.
Dismal infrastructure, according to the Chiefs, is to blame for the region's poor performance.
“Many of the schools lack furniture, forcing students and learners to sit on stools or the bare floor to write, and the situation is critical,” they continued.
According to statistics presented at the engagement by the Ghana Education Service, 15 out of 27 public Senior High Schools (SHSs) scored less than 5% in 2019, and 16 out of 28 SHSs scored less than 5% in 2020.As a result, the Chiefs have called to the government and other stakeholders to develop and enforce strict steps to address the situation in order to assist reverse the region's declining educational standards.
The Northern Regional Director of Education, Dr. Peter Attafuah, acknowledged the Chiefs' concerns and reaffirmed his commitment to working with significant stakeholders in the educational system to find long-term solutions to all issues affecting academic performance in the region.
Norsaac's Executive Director, Alhaji Alhassan Mohammed Awal, voiced concern about the region's low performance trend and urged all stakeholders to join forces to take action to address the problem.
"If we wish to alleviate poverty in Northern Ghana, we must all emphasize education and coordinate our efforts and methods to improve educational achievements."
He urged parents to take an active role in their children's education and to meet their fundamental requirements in order to encourage them to do better.
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