Stories from Isaac Akwetey-Okunor
A survey conducted by the District Education Directorate of the Denkyembour District in the Eastern Region last year September 2018, has revealed that 97 percent of pupils in the upper primary schools cannot read.
According to the survey, only 14 out of 475 pupils, representing 2.9%, in upper primary in the public schools could read, as against 383 pupils, representing 97%, who cannot read.
This was made known by the District Education Director, Mr. Augustine Adusei, at a two-day workshop organised by the Chief of Akyem Wenchi, Oseawuo Ote-Atuoso Daasebre Dr. Asumadu Appiah, for headmasters and teachers in the Wenchi Circuit over the weekend.
The Denkyembour District Education Director attributed the unfortunate situation to parents leaving the responsibilities of their wards to the government, adding that although the government was trying to make education affordable and free, they (parents) must not shirk their duties to support the education of their wards.
He, therefore, called on them (parents) to help instill quality education into their children, who are the future leaders of this country.
To this end, the Chief of Akyem Wenchi organised the workshop for headmasters and teachers in the Wenchi Circuit to rectify the terrible “unable to read” situation of pupils in the various schools in the district.
Daasebre Dr. Asumadu Appiah, in his presentation at the Wenchi Presbyterian Church, where the opening ceremony of programme was held, advised churches, teachers and parents to help inculcate quality education into the children by playing their needed roles.
He said it was time parents helped purchase other education materials which will assist their wards to learn in order to excel in their academic fields.
He also advised teachers and headmasters to see to it that pupils learn during and after school hours.
The Akyem Wenchi Chief further entreated churches in the area, especially pastors and elders, to preach on the importance of education to their church members, and also educate them on how to nuture their wards to acquire the needed skills to read.
Daasebre Dr. Asumadu Appiah also went on an inspection with his team to the various schools, where it was discovered that most lacked basic buildings and teaching materials, including text books and other that will make teaching and learning more comfortable.
He has, therefore, appealed to the government and non-governmental organisations to come to their rescue, in order to promote quality education in his area.
On his part, the Circuit Supervisor for Akyem Wenchi, Mr. Frank Intansah, who brought about the idea of the workshop, also revealed the main purpose of the programme and advised parents and teachers/headmasters to give off their best for quality education, in order to change the image of the district in terms of education.