The basic educational facilities in the District are Pre-School; Kindergarten Schools, Primary Schools, Junior Secondary schools and Senior Secondary Schools with greater number of educational infrastructure provided by the public sector. There are a few educational facilities provided by the private sector, especially at the pre-school, primary and Junior Secondary levels, as shown in the table below:
The standard of education is greatly influenced by a great number of factors apart from the infrastructure. The quality of teachers in terms of their educational attainment greatly affects the type of teaching they deliver. The population of the students in a class also affects the teaching and learning activities. Where the teacher-student ratio is high output in terms of quality education reduces markedly whilst where the ratio is low, students get the needed attention from their teachers thereby producing better results.
There are 125 primary schools in the public sector in the 10 educational circuit areas of the district, with a total population of 21,315
The average teacher/pupil ratio is 1:38, with 77% of teachers being trained, which is quite good given the rural setting of the District and the problems associated with attracting qualified teachers to such areas.
Junior Secondary Schools
There are 75 Junior Secondary Schools in the public sector with a total enrolment of 7255 taught by 350 teachers, giving an average teacher / students ratio of 1: 18.
Participation Rated by School Type by Sex
As shown on table 5, participation rate for both sexes in the pre-school age group of 3-5 years is rather low, as most rural settlements lack the facilities to cater for the children. The rate is however, encouraging for both sexes in the primary school, but it drops when the children enter the JSS, with more girls dropping out.
The participatory rate in the Senior Secondary School for girls dropped drastically and also for the age group of 15 – 17 as many as 85% of the JSS students do not continue into Senior Secondary School, basically as consequence of poor examination results.
There is therefore the need to intensify the promotion of girl – child education in the District, and also make realistic and result oriented polices to arrest general falling standard of education in the district.
Performance at Basic Education Certificate Examination
Despite the relatively large number of trained teachers and the quite good teacher / student ratios, the BECE results in the District are generally poor year by year.
Grouping the students who passed by aggregates, it is quite clear that a large number of the students have aggregates between 25-30 which is not good and demands that a special attention be given to Junior Secondary School education in the District to help reverse the trend of poor performance in examinations
The formal educational sectors in the District faces a number of challenges. Notable among them are:
- Poor classroom and furniture condition in the schools;
- Inadequate textbooks, reading and teaching / leaning materials, education and sports equipment;
- Inadequate qualified circuit supervisors and support staff in the schools;
- Inaccessible owing to lack of roads in many parts of the District.
- Lack of accommodation for staff especially in the remote areas.
- Poor community participation in infrastructure development and management of schools;
- High rate of female dropout after primary level.
There is no public library in the whole District; however, the Mepe School’s Central Library is used by schools in the traditional capital and its immediate surroundings.
Date Created : 11/17/2017 8:20:25 AM