Ave-Dakpa Generational Thinkers runs to the rescue of basic schools

August 24, 2021 By 0 Comments

Students at the forum

The Generational Thinkers of Ave-Dakpa, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) recently organised a forum to deliberate on issues affecting quality education in the area and to strategise to tackle challenges confronting education in the area.

The forum was necessitated by complains and lamentations by the Akatsi North District Director of Education, Mr Dominic Yao Dzanado, over the poor academic performance of Junior High School (JHS) graduates in the District.

According to the District Director, out of the 18 Municipal and District assemblies who sat for the BECE in the Volta region, the Akatsi North District held the last position with a score of 20 percent in English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science and Social Studies.

On Ave-Dakpa, he indicated out of the 40 public schools and 7 private schools in the district, the Ave-Dakpa District Assembly Junior High School held the last position with a score of 11 percent.

Residents of Ave-Dakpa who attended the forum

Mr Dzanado therefore stressed the need for indigenes of the town to   to throw their unflinching support behind other stakeholders to improve the performance of education particularly at the basic.

Challenges  

Speaking on what is believed to be the cause of this poor performance, the District Director pointed to the lack of parental care as one major contributing factor.

He explained that as most of the students including the final year students are their own breadwinners, which causes them to be absent themselves.

“Others are being taken care of by their grandparents who are not able to control their rowdy behavior due to their old age.”

The Director also pointed out inadequate infrastructure and teaching materials as another challenge confronting the pupils of Ave-Dakpa D.A. JHS.

Students of Ave-Dakpa JHS

On infrastructure, Dzanado said the limited classroom blocks has created an issue of overcrowding and this affects teaching and learning greatly.

The Head teacher of Ave Dakpa D.A. JHS, Mr. Gershon Amedorme, also touched on the lack of Information Communication Technology (ICT) center as one of the issues to affecting the teaching and learning of ICT.

He also revealed that the school has been disconnected from the main lines of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) as a result of the school’s inability to pay electricity bills for almost one year, therefore students are not able to embark on evening studies while teachers are also not able to use their personal laptops to aid the students in the learning of ICT.

Reforms

Proposing solutions to tackle the issue, Paramount Chief of Ave-Dakpa Traditional Area, Togbui Nyamekor Glakpe IV charged assembly members and Unit Committee Members of the area to first of all put in place bylaws for consideration and subsequent approval by the Assembly for use to regulate school children most of whom he noted have become truant.

The traditional ruler pointed out the situation where students spent precious time at funeral and other social gathering in the area to the detriment of their studies, hence the bylaws would help students to learn at home as well as improve discipline among students, stressing that discipline was the hallmark of every academic success and students would not achieve much without it.

Togbui Nyamekor Glakpe asked all stakeholders in education particularly parents to play their roles more effectively to help address difficulties associated with education in the area, stressing that much as teachers were playing their roles in school, it was important for parents to complement the efforts of teachers at home by ensuring that they study at home in the evening.

The Founder of Sonrise Christian Senior High School, Rev. Samuel Dzamesi also urged students to take their lessons more seriously.

The Rev. Dzamesi described the situation students were going through to cater for themselves as very pathetic and unfortunate but asked them not to be discouraged by the challenges confronting them and their environment urging them to take their destiny into their hands and create a better future for themselves.

He intimated that “it would only take students with good grades to get placement in first and second class schools so there is the  the need for you to take advantage of the numerous opportunities available to you  to acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to enable you become responsible adults in future.”