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15 Gomoa schools score 0% in BECE 2/7/2007
Mumford (C/R), Feb. 7, GNA - Fifteen Junior Secondary Schools in the Gomoa District of the Central Region scored zero percent in the 2005 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

This means none of the students was able to score between aggregate six and 30 to qualify for senior secondary school.

Ms Joyce Mildred Aidoo, District Chief Executive (DCE) stated this at the commissioning of a three-classroom block for the Mumford Methodist Primary School at Mumford.

She described the situation as "Very appalling" saying "I wonder if the teachers in the 15 schools deserve to continue receiving their salaries for not making even one each of their students to qualify to enter Senior Secondary School".

The DCE asked the District Directorate of Education, teachers, School Management Committees (SMCs), Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) and communities to collaborate to find a solution to the problem. The efforts of the government to improve the standard of education by providing infrastructure, the capitation grant, the school feeding programme and provision of textbooks among other things would go to waste if a solution is not found, she said.

In a speech read on behalf of Mr Kobina Donkor, 2006 National Best Fisherman, he advised school children to take their education seriously instead of loitering at the beach.

He pointed out that even if they wanted to be fishermen they needed education to be successful and said "Even the water and marine resources are depleting rendering the fishing industry less viable". "It is difficult these days to rely solely on fishing to make a livelihood," the National Best Fisherman stated.

Mr Justice Ebo Nkum, District Engineer of the Public Works Department (PWD), commended the people of the town for their support, which enabled the contractor, Kakson Construction, to complete the work in a record time of four weeks.

Miss Comfort Morgan, District Information Officer, advised the people to register with the District Mutual Health Insurance Scheme to have access to affordable quality health-care.

The school block, estimated at about 430 million cedis was financed with money from the District Assembly''s share of the Common Fund.


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