Students lifestyles account for poor performance

He stated that the use of the social media, such as mobile phones, the internet, the television, and other social functions among students, had become paramount to them more than sticking to their books.

Mr Ayirezang made the observation during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Vunania Junior High School at Vunania, in the Navrongo township.

The Municipal Director further called on students and teachers alike, to guard against the pervasive self destroying level of promiscuity, drunkenness, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, disregard for laws, and the misuse and abuse of the social media.

He appealed to chiefs, opinion leaders, elders and parents, to deal decisively with the problem before it wipes out knowledge in the current generation of young people.

The Headmaster of the School, Mr Akansake Anthony Akabikire, called on the Member of Parliament for the area, Mr Mark Wayongo, the Municipal Assembly, benevolent groups, including all stakeholders in education, to help renovate the school, which is in a dilapidated state.

He also appealed to them to help build a library and an Information Communication Centre for the school.

He explained that since the establishment of the school in 1964, it had never been rehabilitated, stressing forty-three years down the lane, there has never been any major rehabilitation works done on the building.

He pointed out that some of the classrooms, including the Headmasters office, were not only leaking but that vampires had taken advantage of the situation, to invade the whole building for habitation, thereby producing some bad odour which make teaching and learning uncomfortable.

Mr Akabikire said the classroom floors were now flaking off, creating very large pot holes, whilst the windows and doors were no longer lockable, and mentioned inadequate furniture as one of the major problems confronting the school.

He indicated that it was necessary that the Municipal Assembly looked into the needs of the school and help address them to facilitate teaching and learning to improve on the school’s performance at the BECE.

On the Schools performance, the Headmaster indicated that for the past four years, it had chalked some successes in the areas of sports, culture and academics and stated that it placed fourth and third in football and athletic respectively, whilst the girls came first in football during this years circuit sports competition.

The School, he noted, also emerged first during the inter-circuits cultural competition to represent the Municipality at the inter-district competition at Zebilla.

‘Academically, the school got the fifth position during a District quiz competition organized by the Kassena-Nankana Students Union in 2012. The Schools performance at the BECE for the four years had not been the best and needed improvement.Between 2010 and now the best grade in the BECE stands at aggregate 15 for 2010, aggregate 20 for 2011, aggregate 12 for 2012 and aggregate 15 for 2013’, the Headmaster stated.

The celebration which was under the theme: ‘Empowering the Youth with Quality Education for Development: Our Past Experience and Future Prospect,’ attracted people from all walks of life, including past students of the school.

GNA

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