Bongo Youth Network calls for improvement in education

Friday 15th February, 2019
Education Network Performance

By Jerry Azanduna, GNA

Bongo (UE) Feb.15, GNA - The Bongo Youth Network (BYN) has unveiled plans to work with other stakeholders to find lasting solutions to the falling standards in education in the district.

The BYN is an advocacy group of youth whose primary aim is to encourage and enhance youth participation in decision-making to enable them to contribute their quota in the development of the district.

Mr Wilson Alebsina Anangina, President of the Network addressing stakeholders on the need to improve on education in the district at Bongo noted that education was the bedrock of the development of the area and it had become necessary to brainstorm on measures to improve on the falling standards.

Mr Anangina said records available indicated that the Bongo district was constantly recording poor performance in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West African Senior High School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results, adding that fine-tuning the poor performances in education to positive growth would be of great importance.

He hinted that it was against this worrying development that the Network tasked itself with support from the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA) to identify the problems and suggest appropriate solutions to improve on the falling standards of education, especially at the BECE level in the district.

Mr Anangina said education was a powerful weapon which could be used to change the world and the people of Bongo could not afford to toy with the future of their children. and called on the stakeholders to give the issue the greatest attention as the future of the area lay in education.

Mr Peter Ayinbisa Ayamga District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area revealed that education remained priority of families, communities and the nation as it empowered people to take charge of their lives and their immediate environment.

Mr Ayamga said the nerve-racking performance of 16.8 percent BECE results of the district in 2018 could be attributed to poor parental care, indiscipline and unwillingness of students to stick to their studies, high rate of teacher attrition, constant transfer of teachers, teacher absenteeism and drunkenness.

He added that inadequate school infrastructure and poor monitoring and supervision of teachers, pupils and students among others might had led to loss of contact hours thereby creating the problems.

Mr Ayamga disclosed that as part of measures to improve on education, the District Assembly in collaboration with other government agencies had constructed about 20 educational facilities including 3-unit classrooms with ancillary facilities at Awaa and Amaaga communities, two storey 12-unit classroom block at Azeem Namoo and a single storey dormitory block at the Bongo Senior High School among others.

He said government was doing everything possible to ensure that the people had access to equal, affordable and quality education at the grassroots level to improve on the sector.