Story by: Krobea Asante Tofepa Ntomentwene
The Assembly Member for Akorley in the Yilo Krobo district, Mr. Solomon Fodoku has attributed the falling standards of education and rising indiscipline amongst the country’s you in the country, to the withdrawal of corporal punishment. According to him, the absence of corporal punishment in today’s educational system unlike what pertained in the not too distant past is taking a negative toll on the standard of education, leading to abysmal performances by students and pupils.
Speaking to host Krobea Asante Tofepa Ntomentwene on Wednesday during Rite FM’s Morning Ride, the assembly member bemoaned the fact that today’s educational sector was suddenly taking a nose dive.
Mr. Fodoku was contributing to discussions pertaining to Rite FM’s District Education Observation Project, DEOP which facilitated the improvement of students performance at Basic level.
The performance of students in academic examinations in the municipality had been abysmal which necessitated the running of the project by the station to try to address the causes and challenges of the issues. STAR-Ghana therefore subsequently partnered Rite FM to roll out the programme in order to improve educational performances in the Yilo Krobo municipal.
Responding to reasons for poor performance amongst students in basic schools in the municipality, the assembly member who was visibly worried about the low standards observed that though an uncountable number of factors contributed to the poor performance among students, indiscipline was the biggest factor.
Others factors contributing to the canker, he added are poor supervision, lack of textbooks and other learning materials as well as teacher accommodation challenges, a situation which has compelled teachers to live far away from their schools and which consequently affects teaching and learning.
He has therefore challenged parents to help teachers in dealing with indiscipline in schools, since it retards development and breeds ill human resource.
“I know many parents who do not seek the educational welfare of their children,” He lamented and condemned the confrontational behavior of such parents against teachers who apply corporal punishment on their children.
The assembly member therefore appealed to government and benevolent bodies to help the community construct a teachers’ quarters for teachers in the community.