Regional News of Sunday, 6 July 2014
Teacher absenteeism has decreased “drastically” in the North Dayi District between January and June this year, Mr John Kodzo Teku, District Director of Education said on Thursday.
He said regularity and punctuality of teachers at schools had moved from 60 per cent in last academic term to 99 per cent with improved academic performance.
Mr Teku said this at a stakeholder forum involving Kindermissionwerk of Germany, which is supporting the Ho Diocese Development Office of the Catholic Church to offer special training for selected teachers, to help improve academic performance in basic schools.
The project aims at building capacities of selected teachers, some from North-Dayi, in Mathematics, Social Studies, Science and English Language.
Mr Teku said output of teachers in the District increased greatly this academic year and attributed it partly to the project.
He said the beneficiaries had become agents of change in the District, promoting effective use of contact hours, writing of detailed lesson notes and ensuring discipline among pupils and teachers.
Mr Teku said though standards were yet to meet expectation, speaking and reading skills of pupils were improving tremendously.
He commended parents and guardians in the District for supporting their children in school and urged them to sustain that support.
Mr Raphael Kwashie, Volta Regional Manager of Catholic Schools said interventions from Kindermissionwerk were helping enhance education and assured that the funding would not go waste.
Ms Hilda Dietz, Kindermissionwerk Project Coordinator for Ghana said her outfit was happy about the positive results of the project and commended the teachers for their commitment.
Ms Elizabeth Klutse, a beneficiary said the project, in its second phase, was helping teachers to be innovative in creating and sustaining interest of children in subjects.