Bawku MCE expresses worry over poor performance at BECE, WASSCE

Hajia Hawa Nincheamah, the Bawku Municipal Assembly Chief Executive (MCE), has expressed worry over the poor performance of pupils at the Basic Education (BECE) and Senior High School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) parents, students and teachers.

She said the poor performance was a source of worry to parents, students and teachers, adding that the issue was a threat to producing quality human resource in the area.

Consequently, the MCE said the Assembly was planning to organise a stakeholders’ forum to involve the Education Oversight Committee.

She was addressing the second ordinary meeting of the assembly in Bawku, Upper East Region, which was convened to discuss and approve the composite budget and also draw an annual action plan for the development of the area.

Hajia Nincheamah, also expressed concern on the poor financial performance of the assembly, indicating that it has been able to mobilise only 30 per cent of its financial resources.

She said as part of an extension of the Rural Enterprises Programme, (REP), the Assembly had introduced a new initiative called Empowering Novel Agricultural-Led Employment (ENABLE-YOUTH) to encourage young tertiary graduates to own agri-businesses along key value chains, through skills training and internship modules in line with government’s one village one factory policy.  

The MCE lauded the government policies on agriculture such as the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ and said over 350,216 bags of NPK fertiliser and 81,975 bags of Urea had been sold to 43,622 farmers at subsidised prices, while a total of 752 farmers were supplied with various seeds.

Members of the assembly made a unanimous decision calling on government to add the motorbikes given to them to perform their official duties, as their end of service ex-gratia package.

Mr David Adoliba, the Presiding Member for the Assembly, said there was the need for all assembly members to be appreciated and motivated in order to encourage them put up their best. 
He said the district assemblies ran the local parliament that address the immediate developmental issues of the people at the grassroots level and there was the need for government and development stakeholders to focus on empowering them.GNA

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