TMA directs schools to end shift system

By
Laudia Sawer, GNA

Tema, Sept 14, GNA –
Heads of public basic schools operating the shift education system in the Tema
Metropolis have been directed to immediately stop the practice.

Mr Isaac Ashai
Odamtten, Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, gave the directive on Tuesday
during the observation of “My first day at school” programme.

Mr Odamtten said the
directive was part of measures put in place by the Assembly to ensure pupils in
basic schools in Tema get enough contact hours.

He indicated that
going to school in the morning and closing at 12:30 hours reduced the contact
hours for the children which does not help in teaching and learning.

He added that it was
the wish of the Assembly that each class does not accommodate more than 45
pupils to ensure proper interaction between pupils and teachers.

Mr Odamtten
therefore announced that for the first term of the 2016/2017 academic year,
three of such schools doing away with the shift system would get a 12-classroom
block to accommodate the large classes.

The MCE noted that
his outfit would provide the needed infrastructure for the schools ending the
shift system to run mainstream education.

He said some of
those schools were using canopies for classrooms to enable all the children to
attend mainstream school.

He encouraged the
pupils to take their studies serious in order to be responsible leaders in
future.

Mr Odamtten gave the
assurance that the Assembly would continue to use its internally generated
funds to support the funding and expansion of the School Feeding Programme in
the Metropolis.

Mrs Margaret
Frempong-Sore, Tema Metropolitan Education Director, expressed her joy at the
initiative of the TMA to end the shift system in the Metropolis.

Mrs Frempong-Sore
said the initiative would help reduce truancy in the area adding that an
industrial city like Tema must not operate shift system of education.

She added that her
outfit was poised to deliver the needed quality education and therefore would
collaborate with the TMA to end the shift system.

The Education
Director and Mr Odamtten, accompanied by other officials visited some schools
in the Metropolis and interacted with pupils and parents seeking admission for
their children.

They shared cups,
exercise books, pencils, erasers, biscuits and drinks among other goodies to
class one and kindergarten pupils.

At the Adjei-Kojo
TMA Basic School, a long queue of parents and their children were seen at the
premises awaiting their turn to go through the admission process.

Two classes were
also being held under canopies on the compound at the time of the visit.

GNA

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