The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA ) has organised a School Performance Appraisal Meeting (SPAM) for stakeholders in the Ashiedu Keteke Sub-Metropolitan District to present the performance of public basic schools in the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), and solicit support to promote teaching and learning as well as improve the standard of education.
The event which was held under the auspices of the Education Department of the Assembly at the Freeman Methodist Church in Jamestown a suburb of Accra on Tuesday brought together major stakeholders, including Circuit Supervisors, Head of schools, Traditional leaders, Assembly members, teachers and parents, to identify and discuss challenges affecting basic schools in Accra Metro, set targets and design strategies to achieve them.
In an address Chief Executive of the AMA, Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah bemoaned the low-level performance of schools in the district and urged stakeholders to attach seriousness to the issue of education to improve performance.
He emphasised the importance of education and stressed the need for heads of the various schools to be innovative in ways to improve teaching and learning.
He also pledged the Assembly's commitment to continue supporting schools in the Metropolis adding that measures were being put in place to engage all headteachers in schools in the coming days to deliberate on ways to improve teaching, learning and performance in school.
Mr Stephen Abamfo, Metro Education Director, lamented over the poor performance of schools in the Ashiedu Keteke Sub-Metro District adding schools in the district could perform well only when all stakeholders work together harmoniously.
He disclosed that his outfit had set targets for both parents and teachers in the school to improve the quality and standard of education in the metropolis and called on all stakeholders to play their part to lift the image of the Metro in subsequent examinations.
Mr Boahene Asare, Deputy Director of Examination at the Ghana Education Service (GES) in a presentation on the analysis of the 2020 BECE results indicated that out of 800 candidates who wrote the exams in Ashiedu Keteke, 428 obtained aggregate 31 and above whilst 367 obtained aggregate 6 to 30.
He indicated that a total of 3859 candidates were registered for the BECE in AMA in 2020 comprising of 1786 boys and 2073 girls adding that 20 candidates made up 8 boys and 12 girls did not sit for the examination.
Some heads of the schools who spoke at the event attributed the low performance of schools in the 2020 BECE to absenteeism, laziness, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, among others.