Some Public Basic Schools in the Country have resorted to writing their April 2019,Second Term Examination on the Chalkboard.
A decision according to the Teachers, was due to a directive from their District Education Directorates as well as the headquarters of the Ghana Education Service.
The teachers further indicated that their employers have cautioned them not to collect levies from the pupils to conduct terminal examinations.
The teachers said that the Ghana Education Service has compelled them to use their capitation grants for such activities,a grant they said has not been coming as expected.
Some of the teachers who spoke with EducationGhana‘s Ellis Ferdinand under anonymity,indicated that the capitation grant which was meant for all school activities has not been forthcoming.
They emphasized that the continuos threats from their employers have compelled them to hold on with almost all school activities.
Printed WAEC Exams
The Ghana Education Service,after compelling teachers to write terminal examinations on the chalkboard ,still insists, failure of pupils in the Basic Education Certificate Examination(BECE) was the fault of the teachers.
The teachers lamented that pupils who have never used printed examination papers in schools are expected to use that in the BECE.
They siad,that the pupils must be given the opportunity to learn the use of examination materials that are being used in the external examination.
Non-Performing Basic School Headmasters To Be Demoted
The Deputy Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has cautioed that Headmasters in the public basic schools who fail to improve the performance of their schools within a three-year period will be demoted and not be allowed to head any other public school.
The punitive measure has been identified as part of an accountability framework designed by the Ministry of Education to improve the sense of urgency and responsibility of school heads towards the performance of students.
The initiative will be fully enforced after the implementation of a new curriculum and a National Assessment programme where ‘critical’ performance data on public schools will be collected for assessment purposes.