By Samuel Akumatey, GNA
Have (V/R), April 18, GNA - Ms Elizabeth Esinam Fuvi, a basic school Teacher in the Afadzato South District of the Volta region has called for the redesigning of basic school text books to make reading appealing to pupils.
She said the current reading materials for pupils were without stories and scenarios, which would linger on the minds of readers long after, hence must be changed.
Ms Fuvi made the call at a stakeholders’ forum organised by the office of the Member of Parliament for the area at Have to find solutions to the District's dipping academic performance.
"The text books and other learning materials must be made the favourite companions of school children," she stated.
The Teacher observed that the learning materials had become loaded with texts whose comprehension sometimes posed challenges to some tutors, and suggested that passages be kept short and in simple language.
Ms Fuvi who was among 30 teachers who were honoured in the District for hard work also suggested a balance of text and pictorials, saying, pictures made learning interesting for pupils and helped them memorise content.
Basic Education Certificate Examination results in the District compelled stakeholders, including students and teachers to brainstorm on how to improve teaching and learning in the District.
The teachers asked for more commitment from parents on supervision, keeping learning environments at home as well as providing ample time for studies.
Mr Maxwell Anku, Headmaster of Ve Kolenu E.P. Primary School called on traditional authorities to activate laws and customs that would help check waywardness among school children.
He said schools in the District lacked furniture and learning materials and appealed for them to be resourced.
Mr Wisdom Seneadza, the District Chief Executive said most pupils could not read, and that the District had set up a reading committee and would also promote literacy clubs among other interventions.
Madam Angela Alorwu-Tay, the Member of Parliament promised to provide necessary resources for the improvement of education, calling on all stakeholders to work hand in hand.
She was unhappy that some schools in remote areas in the District had no teachers and asked the Ghana Education Service to address the situation.
The MP presented a refrigerator each to 30 teachers with certificates of recognition for working in hard to reach communities.