GES moves to scrutinise education NGOs

Mr Jacob Kor.The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr. Jacob A. M. Kor, has called for credible data on education-based NGOs that have flooded the schools with all manner of programmes.

That, he said, had become necessary to ensure effective monitoring of their activities so as to weed out the dubious ones.

In addition, a good data and scrutiny would help to identify those providing good support to the effort at raising the quality of education.

Mr. Kor made the call at a meeting of the Conference of Directors of Education in Kumasi.

The meeting, which was attended by regional and district directors of education from across the country, was held under the theme, “Investing in quality education for positive transformation of the youth for national development.”

The GES Director-General also expressed concern about the situation where head teachers register unqualified candidates to write the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

“This state of affairs is unacceptable,” he said, and urged the directors to take steps to stop the practice.

Mr. Kor told the meeting that “in cases where these reports reach us before the examination, we nullify their registration. Unfortunately, most of these reports reach the GES long after the examination and we are unable to take action.”

He said the other source of embarrassment was examination malpractices which despite stringent measures had kept recurring.

“We continue to have cases of malpractices by students, and sometimes, with the involvement of teachers. It is unimaginable to hear that some unscrupulous teachers are able to scan examination questions and then pass them on to help students to cheat.

“The law must take its course. Such acts of indiscipline must not be allowed to derail our system,” he said.

Mr. John Alexander Ackon, Ashanti Regional Minister, encouraged the education directorates to conduct effective performance reviews so as to identify the real causes of the poor performance of students in the West African Senior High School Examinations (WASSCE), for the necessary remedial measures to be instituted.

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