Use of pupils as farm hands affecting education – Report

Use of pupils as farm hands, lack of effective use of instructional hours and inadequate infrastructure have been identified as reasons for the low performance of pupils in the Upper West Region.

A Research conducted by Tumu-based NGO, Sustainable Aid Through Voluntary Establishment (Save Ghana) said inadequate or lack of logistics such as teaching and learning materials, textbooks, storybooks and computers at the basic level is negatively impacting on the performance of the pupils.

Executive director Save Ghana, Dintie Sule Tahiru revealed the outcome of the research at a dissemination workshop in Wa. 

The study was on five thematic areas; effective teaching, effective use of instructional hours, use of pupils as farm hands, performance of Parents Teachers Associations and MCE executives as well as management of school funds. 

It has 1494 respondents from 115 basic schools across the 11 municipal and district assemblies in the Upper West Region.

Some of the finding according to Mr Sule Tahiru, are “44 percent of respondents rating teacher absenteeism as average, whilst 44.1 said it was high. Also, about 40.2 percent said the use of pupils as private labour is either very high or average.”

Another area of concern is the for the participant was the issue of the School Feeding Programme who were not only worried about the quality of food prepared by the caterers but the time allotted to the children to eat the food.

Upper West Director of Ghana Education Service (GES), Patricia Ayiko said in most of the schools, because of their large numbers, a lot of time is used for serving the pupils and eating.

“As we cry for the increasing numbers, we should put in mechanisms to curb the lost contact hours,” she added.

She commended Save Ghana for the research and said if the findings are put in practice, would change the face of education in the Region. 


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