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‘Writing exams questions on blackboards retrogressive’ – IFEST urges GES, MoE to sit up

‘Writing exams questions on blackboards retrogressive’ – IFEST urges GES, MoE to sit up
Source: Ghana | | George Nyavor |
Date: 03-04-2019 Time: 11:04:05:pm

The Institute for Education Studies (IFEST) says takes it a serious view of the current trend of teachers writing examination question on blackboards in some basic schools.

“Such acts are not just retrogressive but an indictment on our quest to provide quality basic education for all children in the country irrespective of their socio-economic background,” the education think tank said in a release issued in Accra on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, photos of teachers in some basic schools in the Ashanti Region writing examination questions on chalkboards went viral.

The incidence of hand-writing word-laden exams questions on chalkboards has been attributed to a directive by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to heads of schools not to collect printing fees from pupils.

Many schools have begun their end of term exams.

An education consultant has said writing examination questions on blackboards is not new and called the viral photos a dramatisation of events.

However, IFEST’s press release on the matter, signed by its Acting Executive Director, Peter Anti, noted that the institution is not oblivious that capitation grant has been increased to GHS10 per child and efforts to ensure that children in public basic schools in the country are given equal access to quality education.

“However, it is evident that the delay in the payment of the capitation grant emanating from the bureaucratic nature of our public sector is impacting negatively on the delivery of quality basic education to our children.  This situation has resulted in putting enormous pressure on teachers and school administrators and an example of the end result is what we are witnessing now. 

"What makes this situation scary is that fact that teachers and school administrators are at their wit ends and overwhelmed with numerous challenges as a result of this challenge," the IFEST release stated.

IFEST has, therefore, called on the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to as a matter of urgency review the process of disbursing the capitation grant to the various public schools.

IFEST also wants the two education institution to come out with modalities to guide the collection of the Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) levy, rather than abolishing it entirely.

“Finally, as part of the governments initiative to establish an industry per district, we would advocate for a printing press per district either in partnership with the private sector or solely owned by the government to aid in the printing of these educational materials for the basic schools in that district,” the release added.

IFEST says it remains committed to ensuring that children have access to quality basic education in Ghana irrespective of their background.



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