Mrs. Angelica Attakey, South Tongu District Director of Education has recommended the use of “my first copy book” in some second cycle schools in the district.
She believes that the book, which is usually used at the basic level of education to improve the handwriting of pupils, would help students in the district to write legibly, since the general state of handwriting among secondary students in the district was very poor.
Speaking as the chairperson at a presentation of a report on “Students Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness” (SETE) by the Wosornu Foundation at the Dabala Senior High Technical School, Mrs. Attakey said the use of my first copy book had become necessary because some of the handwritings of students in the district are “terrible.”
According to her, the nature of their handwriting made it difficult and sometimes impossible for their teachers and examiners to read their answers, which goes a long way to adversely affect their performance in the West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
She was optimistic that the use of “my first copy book” will among other things help to correct poor handwritings and, therefore, reduce the extent of failure in examinations.
She lauded the SETE project, and described it as timely in complementing efforts to address poor academic performance in the district.
Mrs. Attakey encouraged the teachers to take the outcome of the report seriously and work to improve their performances while calling on the students to study hard so that academic work in the school could improve.
She also commended the Wosornu Foundation for offering to render their services for free.
The Foundation is a non-governmental organisation with a focus on improving teaching and learning and also supporting the provision of educational facilities in junior and senior high schools
Mr. Simon Addae-Conutsey, headmaster of the Dabala Senior High Technical School, said the school, which was established in 1991 as a day school but upgraded to a boarding facility a year ago, currently has a student population of 450 made up of second and third year students.
He said the school usually admitted students after most sister schools have closed admission and therefore putting them in a situation where they hardly get first class students, a condition that is to a large extent affecting their academic work.
He revealed that some of the students are hardly able to read and write any material and even in some cases unable to write their own names.
“However we are able to work on them to prepare them to write the WASSCE just like students from other schools to pass their exams,” he said.
Mr. Conutsey, therefore, called for help from all stakeholders to enable the school address its challenges and to deliver on its mandate.
He expressed appreciation to the Wosornu Foundation for aiding the school to conduct an evaluation exercise on the teachers to know their strengths and weaknesses and their students’ impression about them to improve academic work.
The founder of the foundation, Professor Lade Wosornu described the project which enables students to evaluate their teachers, as an intervention to promote quality assurance in schools.
Prof. Wosornu said the evaluation was the first of its kind in the school and the district at large and the foundation made use of tools such as “course evaluation surveys, programme evaluation surveys and focus group discussions.
He commended the teachers and students for embracing the concept and gave the assurance that it will be replicated in other schools to improve teaching and learning in the district.
From Dzifa Tetteh, Dabala