The eighth Northern Regional Education Sector annual review meeting has been held in Tamale with a call on stakeholders to scale up the effort to improve academic performance of the schools.
Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini, the Deputy Regional Minister, said everybody should take responsibility and accept to play their expected roles well to raise the standard of education.
“Systematic change: The catalyst to sustainable quality education” was the theme chosen for this year’s event.
The goal was to discuss ways of strengthening the decentralisation of education at all levels, track district and regional performances and to assist those found to be lagging behind in the implementation of educational policies and directives.
Alhaji Fuseini underlined the government’s determination to provide the necessary infrastructure and logistics for effective teaching and learning.
He identified parental neglect due mainly to poverty and joblessness as a major obstacle to children’s education in the region and said this was something that should not be simply glossed over.
Communal violence, he noted, had also been having devastating effect on education there and asked that these were tackled head-on.
Professor Seidu Al-hassan, acting Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS), complained about poor teaching and learning, lack of capacity training for teachers, inadequate teaching and learning materials and examination malpractices.
These, he noted, had resulted in poor performance among the schools.
He again expressed concern about early child marriages and said that was forcing many girls out of school and cutting short their academic dreams.
Alhaji Mohammed Haroon Cambodia, the Regional Director of Education, highlighted the need to open more junior high schools (JHS) to absorb the huge number of children who completed primary school.
He spoke against the situation where many children walked longer distances to access JHS education and said that was a disincentive – making it difficult to retain some of them.