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The Chairman of the newly established Association of Retired District Directors and Heads of Second Cycle Institutions in Brong-Ahafo, Dr. Jarvis Agyemang Badu has made a fervent appeal to all stakeholders in Education in Brong-Ahafo to help address the canker of examination malpractices which has engulfed the Region.  Dr. Agyemang Badu was speaking at the inauguration of the Association at Abesim, near Sunyani.  The Association which was established last year is made up of about 50 former Educationists who retired either as District Directors of Education or Head teachers of Second Cycle Institutions between 1996 and last year.  Their main reason for their coming together is to support the education sector as a think tank and a pressure group that seeks to contribute to the realization of quality education delivery in Bono-Ahafo.  In attendance were officials of the Bono-Ahafo RCC, the Ghana Education Service(GES) and education related groups like GNAT, NAGRAT and the Conference of District Directors of Education(CODE).  Dr. Agyemang Badu, who was welcoming the gathering, said the members of the Association may be retired but are definitely not tired.  He said it their hope is to use their experience to offer constructive criticism, training for new directors and Heads of schools as well as organizes workshops for the senior staff.  He described Bono-Ahafo’s position as the leading region in exam malpractices in Ghana according to WAEC statistics as shameful and called for a concerted effort to correct the anomaly.  He added that the Association is ready to partner with other stakeholders to help fight the canker.  The National President of the Conference of District Directors of Education, Osei Kwadwo Hayford, who delivered the inaugural address, welcomed the Association and invited it to help in the quest to improve access to education, improving the quality of education, helping in the achievement of efficient management of institutions in the sectors as well as achieving gender parity among students as they go higher on the education ladders.  Turning to the issue of examination malpractices in the Region, he said for Bono-Ahafo to be declared the leader for three consecutive years, recording close to 4000 cases of cheating in the 2014 WASSCE, is simply unacceptable and must be curtailed.  The Chairman for the occasion and Omanhene of the Awasu Traditional Area, Nana BofoBene, minced no words when he laid the blame for the examination cheating on parents, teachers and students and called for action before it gets worse. The Deputy Bono-Ahafo Regional Minister, Justice Agyei, was happy to see some of the teachers who taught him during his school days and urged them to bring their experience to bear on the educational sector.

Source: Biiya Mukusah Ali/newspaper.developghana.com


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