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Rite FM Swings Into DEOP II Implementation

Rite FM has earnestly moved into its first phase towards the implementation of the DEOP II project. The station in partnership with Chrismek Rights Foundation has started the Community Score Card (CSC) methodology in the various schools/communities in the Yilo Krobo municipality which have been identified for the project.

The ten schools include Sra Presby JHS, Aketebour Salvation Army JHS, New Somanya Methodist JHS, Akorley M/A JHS and the SDA Preparatory School. The rest are the Bukrum Agavenya JHS, Abrewankor M/A JHS, Obenyemi M/A JHS, Ogome Anglican JHS and Joy Home Academy, all within the Yilo Krobo municipality.

Madam Joyce Kyei, a parent who took part in the exercise in an interview with Rite News said she had learnt a lot from the project and described it as ‘an eye opener.’ She was confident of playing all her roles effectively to promote her ward’s education.

A student of the SDA Preparatory school who expressed his expectations of the project lamented about the school’s performance which he noted was declining.

This he alluded to the inadequacy of the visits of supervisors to the school. He also bemoaned the attitude of some teachers getting offended when their students complained of their illegible handwriting on the board during lessons which the students struggled to read.

This situation, he regretted, was not helping in effective teaching and learning among pupils and suggested that authorities ought to interview prospective teachers meticulously enough before appointing them to teach in order to appoint only qualified teachers.

Mr. Anthony Djibuku, Headmaster of the SDA Preparatory School also lauded Rite FM for implementing such a timely project since governments have shown low-interest in the development of private schools. Enumerating a number of factors which resulted in poor academic performance, the school head was unhappy with supervisors not visiting the schools regularly and ‘the partiality on the part of authorities when sharing logistics such as desks and other teaching materials.’

He therefore urged authorities to give equal opportunities to the various schools irrespective of their status as private or public schools.

Meanwhile, a five member school based committee called District Education Oversight Committee (DEOC) was formed to implement all actions drawn from the Community Scorecard.

The committee include three(3) gentlemen and two (2) ladies since the project focuses on gender inclusion.

The District Education Observer Project (DEOP) II is supported by STAR-GHANA with funding from UKaid, European Union and DANIDA being implemented by Rite FM in partnership with Chrismek Rights Foundation.

It aims at assessing pupils, teachers and parents perception and feedback on educational related issues in 10 selected low performing schools in the Yilo Krobo Municipality and develop strategies for improvement using the Community Score Card (CSC) methodology.

Source: Joyce Bedeley/ritefmonline.org

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