The chief of Donkorkrom No.1 in the Kwahu Afram Plains North in the Eastern region, Nana Akuamuah Boateng Tanor say the continuous refusal of trained teachers to accept posting to the district is seriously affecting academic performance in the area, hence, needs proactive solution.
He said "education in the area is dying slowly and it needs to be saved."
Nana Akuamoah Boateng Tanor made this known when the Eastern regional minister, Antwi-Boasiako Sekyere called on him at his palace as part of a two –day working visit to the district.
The chief stated that there are a number of schools without adequate teachers simply because teachers posted to such schools have refused posting as a result of this, and a number of pupil teachers have been engaged for some years now to augment the efforts of the few committed and selfless professional teachers in the district, yet their input are not up to standard creating huge deficiency in education in the area.
He, therefore, reminded the government to fulfil his promise made to the people of Donkorkrom and its surrounding communities to building a College of Education in the area to train teachers to fill the empty classrooms in the area.
He said due to its urgency, government should as early as possible convert one of the Senior High Schools in the district into a teacher training college to produce quality teachers to feed the schools.
According to him, this would help execute quality teaching and learning in the area, because the proximity would attract many youth to enrol.
Mr Tanor was grateful to Former President John Rawlings’ led administration for giving Afram Plains a facelift by connecting it to the national grid, telecommunication and providing it with a good road network.
He said the people of Afram Plains are predominantly farmers most of who are peasant ones but are finding it difficult to afford the high cost of farm inputs in recent times. He also expressed concern about the upsurge of illegal felling of trees and appealed to the government to intervene for them.
On his part, the Regional Minister Antwi-Boasiako Sekyere said formal education creates jobs and open-up a society to vibrant economic activities. He said the second campus of the proposed Eastern University that would be cited at Donkorkrom would get people into classroom, improve the economic status and attract professional teachers to the area.
The Minister gave an assurance to liaise with the Transport Minister and the Volta River Authority to get a pontoon on the Agordeke-Kpando River and reconstruct the landing site at Agordeke to better link up the district to the Volta region.
He later inspected work on an on-going construction of GH˘305,945.00 ICT Centre and GH˘ 599.00 market stalls and stores at Donkorkrom and commended the contractors for a good work done.
Source: Daily Heritage
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