SAVE-Ghana and Logodep supports 6 schools in the Shama district in the western region
News Date: 22nd July 2013
Ghana is one of the Sub Saharan Africa countries with the highest investment in education; thirty percent (30%) of the government's budget is spent on education.In spite of the huge government expenditure in the education sector,there is growing evidence of numerous corrupt practices that has adversely affected the delivery of quality education to a large majority of citizens mainly the most vulnerable in the deprived communities. Notable corrupt practices are teacher absenteeism and misuse of school funds especially the capitation grants at the basic level of education.
In the situation in the Shama district of the western region is even worse prompting action from SAVE-Ghana; a local Non-Governmental Organization with focus in promoting quality education in rural Ghana and Logodep,a USAID/MSI sponsored project to address these problems when a contract was signed intended to serve as a vehicle to increase communities' involvement in school governance and management through capacity building of School Management Committees (SMCs),and Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) to track the use of capitation grants, and monitor teacher absenteeism.
According the Kingsley Kanton, the executive director of SAVE-Ghana, several trainings have been conducted for SMCs/PTAs, teachers and school authorities and officials of the Ghana Education Service in Shama using the community score card module/methodology which involved communities evaluating the school authorities and the school authorities evaluating themselves then all will come together to justify reasons for their scores and then reform agenda or action plan will be agreed upon aimed at improving the school performance.
During an interface meeting organized by SAVE-Ghana on the 27th June, 2013 between the Shama model school,and the PTA/SMCs together with officials of the Ghana Education Service and the Shama District Assembly,to discuss their score cards and make reforms,it was a heated augment between and school authorities and PTA/SMCs.The parents and PTA/SMCs blame teachers for absenteeism, and misuse of capitation grants etc. on the part of the school authorities, they blamed parents, PTA/SMCs for depriving pupils of instructional hours by taking them to market, farms etc. when they are expected to be in the classroom. At the end of the day, all parties brainstormed and came out with an action plan for improving the situation including the sanctions for parents for not attending PTA/SMC meetings;PTA/SMC to tighten monitoring of the school-paying regular visits to the school and monitoring the use of the capitation. On the part of the school authorities, the head master Isaac Aidoo agreed to punish teachers for absenteeism without permission, and to ensure that the capitation grants are used judiciously and in consultation with the SMC.
Mr. Kanton Kingsley, the executive director of SAVE-Ghana thanked the USAID for partnering with them to avert the falling standards of education in the district and edge both the PTA/SMC and teachers to work together at implementing the action plan agreed to turn things around.
Kingsley Kanton, Executive Director, 020-9003033