From Samuel Agbewode .
The Ketu South Municipal Director of Education, Mr. Michael Yao Tsuiatorfe, has called on parents and stakeholders in education to collaborate with the authorities in attempts being made to improve upon education at all levels, particularly, the performance of students at the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
Mr. Tsuiatorfe explained that the Municipality’s 2016 results of the BECE at the national level dropped from 101 to 111, and dropped from the 3rd position at the regional level in 2017 to the 4th position in 2018, a development, he pointed out, clearly showed the downward trend of education in the area.
Speaking to The Chronicle shortly after the 62nd Anniversary parade at Denu, the Ketu South Municipal Director of Education pointed out that the negative development in the education sector in the municipality was due to a number of factors identified by the education authorities, which would be handled with tact.
He said a serious issue that affects the provision of quality education in the municipality was the situation, where students leave school during teacher-student contact hours and engage in business activities at the Aflao border to enrich their pockets, to the detriment of their education, which was a negative development, and which called for collaboration with stakeholders.
Mr. Tsuiatorfe noted that it was very unfortunate that students sacrifice their education in their attempt to get quick money at the border, a development the directorate was handling, and which, called for support from all stakeholders, saying the directorate had already hinted the security agencies at the border to drive away children of school going age seen in the area during school hours.
He also mentioned the high number of students attending funerals and wake-keepings to the disadvantage of their studies in the evenings, saying it has become common practice in the municipality to see students actively participating in funeral activities, including wake-keeping, and said efforts were already being made to put a stop to such practices.
As a result, teenage pregnancy cases were being recorded in the area, as 11.5 percent of students in 2018 became pregnant, while from January to March 2019, 5.4 teenage pregnancies have been recorded so far, and appealed to parents to develop an interest in where their girl child sleeps and help the authorities to address the problem.
The Ketu South Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Edem Agbenorwu, also stressed the need for people in the area to embrace peace and unity as a prerequisite to addressing the socioeconomic development of the people, which cannot be compromised, and urged all to be committed to ensuring peace in their respective communities.
Mr. Agbenorwu noted that the unity and peace in schools should be emulated by all, as school children from various ethnic and social backgrounds have lived peacefully over the years, and which should be a classic example that ought to be emulated by members of the various communities with varied religious and ethnic backgrounds to pave way for accelerated development.
Addressing the 62nd Independence Anniversary parade, made up of mainly school children from the Ketu South Municipality at Denu, the MCE pointed out that education should be regarded by all as key to the development of every society, therefore, the Assembly, would as a matter of importance, collaborate with stakeholders to promote quality education in the area.
Mr. Agbenorwu said the government was much committed to the promotion of quality and access to education, which would definitely help in transforming the municipality and the country in general.
Touching on the issue of sanitation, the Ketu South MCE stressed that the municipality was fast developing, with its accompanying challenges concerning sanitary issues, which should be taken more seriously, saying the Assembly was taking the necessary measures to ensure that the municipality would be rid of filth.
He noted that as the rainy season was fast approaching, it behooves the residents to reposition themselves and adhere strictly to education on how to keep their environment clean, in order to prevent the outbreak of sanitation-related diseases.
Over twenty-five selected schools from basic and second cycle institutions in the municipality which thrilled the audiences to quick and slow march pasts, and became the attraction of the day, including civil society groups, marked the anniversary celebration in the Ketu South Municipality.
However, the St. Paul Senior High School Naval Cadet Corps, Three Town Senior High School Fire Cadet Corps and the some Senior High schools army cadet corps all demonstrated their skills in drills such as quick and slow marches, to the admiration of the audience, which clapped their hands in appreciation.