Member of Parliament (MP) for South Tongu in the Volta Region, Hon Kobena. Mensah Woyome, has moved to tackle teacher absenteeism at schools and to improve standard of education in this constituency.
According to the legislator, Circuit Supervisors of the District Directorate of Education found it difficult to certain communities to supervise teachers, especially those in remote communities .
He said, many of the teachers took advantage of their supervisors inability to access the areas to absent themselves from school resulting in poor academic performance of students in the constituency.
Mr Woyome made these known to THE REPUBLIC , after he had donated 10 motorbikes to the South Tongu DistrictAssembly Directorate of Education at Sogakokpe over the weekend.
He said, research conducted on the country education has identified teacher absenteeism as one of the possible major causes of falling standard of education of which South Tongu is a part.
The motorbikes, he said would be distributed to the Circuit Supervisors to enable them reach out to the far distance schools to ensure strict supervision to curb the menace of teachers absenteeism in the District.
Mr Woyome said, access to education remained a top most agenda to him as development agent and that he would do everything humanely possible to implement measures to improve the quality of basic and high school education in the constituency.
Sounding passionate about education, the South Tongu lawmaker said no society could achieve meaningful development without high-quality education, hence the effort to put to ensure every child in the constituency have access to education.
Already, he said a number of education infrastructure in most of the deprived communities within the constituency have been provided to enable pupil to have conducive and safe environment for teaching and leaning.
“A lot of schools under trees have been removed and provided with 6-units and 3-units schools blocks as well as Dining Halls for some of the Senior High Schools in the Constituency,” he stated.
The MP explained that he initiated the deprived. community education project in 2012, with the support from Pencils of Promise (PoP), a Non- Governmental Organisation NGO) to put up some of the educational facilities to the deprive communities.
Stating why the NGO intervention has been magnanimous, the MP said the constituency would not have gotten the kind of education facilities provided with the MPs Common Fund and that the constituent would forever be grateful to the “Pencil of Promise.”
In addition to that, Mr Woyome said he has also provided desk top and laptop computers, text and exercises books, uniforms and as well paid school fees for numerous students.
He also paid for the cost of passport pictures for all candidates of the Basic Education Certificate Examination( BECE) and as well provided examination writing materials which includes mathematical sets, pens and pencils.
To motivate teachers and students to improve on performance, the MP said he has since in 2014, initiated an Award Scheme where students, teachers and their schools receives awards in recognition for outstanding performance on the various subject of the BECE and the WASSCE.
The Minority Ranking member on Youth, Sports and Culture committee of parliament described education as bedrock of societal development, hence, his decision to devote over 80% of his MPs Common Fund to the education sector in the constituency.
Asked what motivated him, Mr Woyome said, education is the only tool to be use to propel development and that, ” had it not been education, I would not have been where I am today. I was once a deprived child like those I am trying to help today. So I always encourage them to take their education serious as it remained the only means to transform their lives and the communities.”
Explaining further on his developmental vision for the constituency, the South Tongu Legislator said he would pursuit a four key area which includes education, water , sanitation and health.
These four thematic areas he stated would help bridge the gap of development of the people of South Tongu and the rest of the region in particular and the country as a whole.
“I am committed to human capacity development in all its ramifications, and if that is genuine then education must play a principal role,” said Hon.Woyome.
He however called on parents and guardians to take their wards education needs seriously as it remained the only way they could excel in society, saying, ” I know it is not easy, but if parents commit the few resources at their disposal for their children education it will in the end eradicate the cycle of poverty in our communities.”
Mr Woyome also admonished the beneficiary students of the education not to abuse the opportunity and eschew truancy and laxity but strive to read their books so they could excel in their education
He reiterated his commitment to support education in the district and to promote academic excellence.
The District Chief Executive of South Tongu District Assembly, Louis Agama and Madam Araba Zente, District Director of Education took turns to expressed their appreciation of gesture from MP.
They promised to use the Motorbikes for the purpose intended to improve the standard of education in the District.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba