Nkoranza, (B/A) April 10, GNA – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has initiated a project to help improve education in basic schools in the Nkoranza Municipality.
The scheme that is dubbed: ‘Partnership for Accountable Governance in Education (PAGE) is being facilitated by Care International, an NGO working in the community, while the Municipal Directorate of the Ghana Education is expected to implement the project.
Mr James Appiah, Community Participating Coordinator of the project, announced these at a stakeholders meeting at Nkoranza, to assess the impact of the project.
It was attended by school management committees, Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs), education oversight committees, assembly members as well as representatives of the Municipal Directorate of Education and the Municipal Assembly.
Mr. Appiah said PAGE was also being implemented in 48 district and municipal assemblies in the country.
He explained that for the past two years that the project was introduced, the performance of students in the municipality had improved drastically.
Mr Appiah said it had organised series of capacity training workshops for key stakeholders in the education sector, to empower participants to play their respective roles to ensure good quality education.
He said that under the project, six circuit supervisors had been provided with a motor bike each so that they could visit schools regularly.
Mr Appiah said the PAGE had also organised training programmes to empower community volunteers to identify problems in schools and report to the directorate of education.
He said under the project, defunct school management committees and PTAs in the area had been revamped.
Mr John Kofi Amoah, Nkoranza Municipal Examination Coordinator, said the PAGE project had helped in improving academic performance Basic Education Certificate Examination candidates.
He said the district recorded 52.4 per cent passes in the BECE in 2010, 73.5 per cent in 2011 and 88.3 per cent in 2012.
Madam Philipa Banson, Nkoranza Municipal Director of Education, lauded the project and commended the Municipal Assembly for its contribution to the development of education in the area.