Retired Educationist, Apanga Paul Asamanaba is fuming over the category of teachers posted to teach at early childhood centers in the country.
He said most of the teachers posted to teach at the kindergarten level are not only jaded but senile and are unable to lay proper foundation in the education of the children.
‘‘You do not put teachers like my type, very old and weak, have never opened a book for the past 6 months and ask them to teach in kindergarten I or 2. What will they teach?’’ he asked.
‘If I don’t have the strength how can I can go and be dancing with this KG 1 or 2. That’s what they say; he is old, he is weak.’’
Mr. Apanga noted that children who have good foundation in their studies often turn out to be good students and are able to climb the educational ladder.
Apanga Paul lamented the growing disparity between primary schools and kindergartens, especially in the Upper West region and urged government to bridge the gap.
In the Wa East district out of the 72 primary schools, 61 of them have kindergartens; Wa municipal can boast of 69 kindergartens as against 84 primary schools and the Wa West District has 102 primary schools with 92 kindergarten.
Explaining the defects in the disparity, Apanga Paul said failure to bridge the gap between the number of primary schools and kindergartens is a violation of the Education Act 778 which was assented to by ex-President Kufuor.
Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, Amidu Chinnia Issahaku also expressed worry over the mass failure of candidates at the basic education certificate examination.
In 2011 the Upper West region recorded 47% in the BECE which further declined to 46.1 % in 2012 and further down to 36.03% in 2013. The results further declined to 28.1% in 2014 but rose to 28.87 % in 2015.
There was however significant improvement in the 2016 BECE with a figure of 30.84%, the deputy minister lamented.
The Upper West Regional Council of GNAT climaxed the event by dolling out 3,300 Ghana Cedis to 11 selected females from some senior high schools in the region as their school fees.