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Pusiga: Annual BECE pass rate has improved from average of 12% to 89% under my watch – DCE

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The DCE for Pusiga, Zubeiru Abdulai has reiterated his commitment to improving the standard of education within his district. 

“When I took office, the performance of the students, especially the BECE in the district, the results were poor. But today, we are among the best in the region,” Mr. Abdulai said when he spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, Friday, March 17, 2023. 

Mr. Abdulai explained that over the past few years as DCE, he has been able to enforce strict supervision, and as such, teacher absenteeism has decreased. Additionally, the district assembly has committed considerable sums of money to expanding education infrastructure and supporting teachers. 

“It is about supervision and ensuring that the people who have been appointed or mandated to do a certain job have been given a suitable environment in which to do their work. For those who prove a little difficult, you ensure that the necessary actions are put in place so that everyone is on the same path. If you are able to get these things done, you will be able to get results.”

The results for BECE were, according to the DCE, of great concern to all. 

“When I took office, as a DCE myself, the performances hovered around average [between] 10 and 12 percent. This was not too good. What this meant is that, for every 100 students who would take the BECE, only about 10 would pass. That meant that the future of the district was not too bright. We had to make sure that we changed it. In 2017, we had about 12 percent. I took office somewhere around May 2017, and I gathered GES, PTA, and all other opinion leaders and put the issues on the table.”

A key part of the changes made to enhance the education sector, according to the DCE, was the enhancement of supervision. Additionally, deserving staff have been recognised for their contribution towards enhancing education in the district. Mr. Abdulai said exceptional students have been awarded as well. 

At the policy level, free extra classes as well as mock examinations were conducted for the students. 

In 2021, the district recorded a pass rate of 89 percent, up from the initial 12 percent recorded in 2017, according to the DCE. 

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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