“Not because teachers from the southern part of the country are more qualified than their colleagues in the northern part, but the lack of appropriate infrastructure in most schools in the northern part of the country is contributing to the low performance of students in the north.”
The Upper East Regional Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), Richard Akumbasi said in an interview with A1 Radio.
According to Mr. Akumbasi, the era where people from the south trooped down to the northern part of the country to access quality education has reversed.
Mr. Akumbasi added that students from the northern are rather trooping to southern Ghana for quality education due to non-existent infrastructure as well as teaching and learning materials.
“In the 1980s, people from the South used to come to the north for education. But these days we are seeing a reversal of that situation. And so, we at CHASS want to work to stop that. Some of our people are trooping down south for education. What is it?”
“It is not about the teachers, it is not about the heads because the teachers in the south are the same teachers we met when we were in the universities and we cannot say they were better than our teachers when we were in the university.”
“But the difference is the resources that are pumped into those areas [Southern part] and infrastructure. In this era, you will go to schools and you will not find functioning laboratories, chemicals, etc, and that is a handicap in trying to train the children very well.”
For the country to bridge the north/south educational gap, the CHASS Chairman called for equal distribution of state resources at all levels.
He also urged sons and daughters from the northern part of the country to contribute their quota to help improve the standards of education in northern Ghana.
Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Joshua Asaah|Ghana