Staff members of the Bui Power Authority (BPA) have volunteered to help prepare pupils in the Bui area towards the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
The volunteers teach classes in their catchment area in the evenings from Monday to Thursday at the BPA D/A basic school at no cost.
At 6:00 pm, final year pupils from mainly the communities of Bui, Dokokyina, Akanyakrom, Banda and Jama converge at the BPA D/A basic school where the volunteers take them through several subjects including mathematics and science.
The Director for General Service Department at BPA, Wumbila Salifu, said the initiative forms part of their Corporate Social Responsibility and that they had been encouraged to do so by their Chief Executive Officer.
“The CEO encouraged staff that as part of our corporate social responsibility, staff should volunteer and come and help the final year students in their preparation for the BECE. So I opted to teach math. So we come in to fill the gap,” he said.
Mr Salify expects that this exercise will help to demystify the perception that math is a difficult subject, especially among the girls. He also hopes that the students will acquire more interest in science and math related subjects and hopefully opt for those courses at the senior high level.
Coordinator of this initiative, Isaac Boateng, teaches science and math and he is confident of good results.
“We don’t want our name associated with failure but aside that we felt that whatever thing that we’ve got in us, why don’t we give it out? I mean we coming around to see these kids, we are spending about two hours with them from Monday to Thursday, we believe that it can change somebody’s grade,” he said.
The students were also quite pleased with the extra tuition they were receiving.
According to them, they’re able to understand some of the topics taught in class better when they attend the extra classes.
One student who had come to the BPA D/A Basic School from another school for the extra tuition her thoughts.
“When I came here, everything is good and even if you don’t understand, they’ll have time to explain it to you so that you can understand it well.”
She said such care and attention has helped improve her academics in the areas of math and science.