The importance of education in the social and economic development of the people cannot be overemphasised.
In 1999 the enrolment rate for children of school going age was as low as 44.9%. The situation is believed to be worse in the rural areas and especially for girls.
The enrolment figures for the different school categories are low compared to children who are supposed to be attending those schools. The Percentage change between the two years is not very encouraging except at the SSS level. As these are also average figures the situation is believed to be worse in the rural areas and especially for girls. The introduction of the Capitation Grant is however changing things round.
Pupil Teacher Ratio
Matching enrolment against the number of teachers gives a pupil teacher ratio of 1:89 at the primary level. This high figure is as a result of the introduction of the capitation grant and low teacher supply during the period.
The performance at BECE is also not encouraging, about half of the pupils did not pass their exams in the 2004/2005 academic year. In totality, the factors that lead to this unacceptable picture in the educational sector are:
* Unwillingness of some parents to send their children to school.
* In ability of some parents to pay their children school fees
* Inadequate personnel, both teaching and none teaching
* Poor educational infrastructure e.g. 375 classrooms needed. All these result in a low literacy rate of about 10% in the District.
There is the need to sponsor teacher trainees in the District, improve teacher’s accommodation and classroom infrastructure, improve furniture and embark on enrolment drive especially of the Girl-child.
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