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 “Operation Go Back To School”, which is designed to give SHS graduates who could not further their education due to failure in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science in the WASSCE, has been launched at Tuobodom in the Techiman North District of Bono-Ahafo. The Programme was crafted in response to the fact that about 60 percent of SHS graduates in the Techiman North District annually fail to pass in the core subjects, thereby abruptly ending their dreams of accessing tertiary education. The Programme which is sponsored by the MP for Techiman North and a Deputy Minister of Education, Alex Kyeremeh, with the support of some benefactors, during the launch had close to 500 would- be beneficiaries signing up to it. The Techiman North District has four senior high schools, which have one thing in common, a high rate of failures in the core subjects at the SHS. This phenomenon is making it increasingly difficult for many students from the area to acquire tertiary education. The MP for the area consequently came up with the “Go Back to School Campaign” to give the increasing number of affected students another chance to better their grades and make progress on the academic ladder. In attendance at the Launch were hundreds of prospective beneficiaries. Also present were officials of the GES and other relevant bodies.  The Headmaster of the Tuobodom SHS, Bismarck Yeboah, whose School is one of the Centres for the programme and hosted the launch identified the situation where majority of students miss most of the first term every year due to problems with getting school fees paid as one of the reasons for the bad performance in the core subjects. The project Coordinator, Amoako Atta Fosu, revealed that six tutors, all WAEC Examiners, are to handle the classes three times weekly, at two Centres; the Tuobodom SHS and the Jama Timponum D/A primary schools. He also said the lessons, mainly math, English and Science will last six hours and will take place after formal school ends in the late afternoons.  Mr. Atta Fosu announced that textbooks will be provided for the beneficiaries and urged them to make the most of the opportunity. The Deputy Minister for Education in Charge of Pre-tertiary Education, Alex Kyeremeh, intimated that in contemporary times the level of education of citizens of any nation is a key indicator of the level of development, hence the need to get as many people as possible to have access to tertiary education. The MP for Techiman North and a Deputy Minister of Education, Alex Kyeremeh, has announced that so far as infrastructure goes, soon the badly needed classroom blocks will be constructed for them.  The visit revealed how badly the projects are needed.  A visit to the Saviour Preparatory School set up by the Saviour Church in Techiman revealed a ramshackle structure which is the only school block for the just over 200 pupils in kindergarten to class six.  The classrooms have dirt floors, no windows, no doors and no ceiling. The lack of cupboards also means books and other teaching materials are left in the open. The second school, the Tuobodom D/A Primary and JHS, was established in the 60s making it the oldest in the Town. The school has a decent primary block, but the JHS block is in an unfortunate condition and looks the part as the oldest in the area. A section of the block has already collapsed four years ago, leaving the 100 JHS Students with a section that is in no better shape. The crumbling classroom block is causing the population of the school to shrink as parents keep withdrawing their children. During his visits to the two schools, the Deputy Education Minister met Stakeholders in the two schools and assured them that contracts are about to be awarded for new classroom blocks to be put up for the schools.  And from the look of things they really need it badly.
Source:Biiya Mukusah Ali/developghana.com    
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