Those engaged under the teaching assistance module of the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) in the Tain District in the Brong Ahafo Region are to write examinations to justify their continuous engagement under the programme.
This examination has become necessary because of the consistent fall in the standard of education in the district and the realisation that majority of the beneficiaries of the module in the district are junior high school (JHS) graduates.
The Tain District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Samuel Jones Tawiah, who said this at the launch of a programme dubbed, ‘Child right to education’ organised by the Banda Literacy Project at Banda Ahenkro, said only those who would pass the examinations would continue to benefit from the programme.
According to him, people had taken undue advantage of the programme in the district to engage JHS graduates to teach in several schools in the district and this had hindered the delivery of efficient teaching in the district.
Mr Tawiah stated that education would be his priority in his effort to develop the Tain District, saying that “education is a key area which will not be compromised under any circumstances”.
He, therefore, appealed to all stakeholders in education in the district to come together to help address the poor standard of education in the district.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Tain District Director of Education, Mr Francis Dongbetir, said his outfit had constituted a committee to investigate the poor performance of Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates in the district and it had since submitted its report.
He said the committee identified, among other things, attendance at wake by pupils, teachers not accepting posting to the district, lack of trained teachers and indiscipline as the causes of the falling standards of education in the district.