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EDUCATIONAL SECTOR

The municipality is zoned into eight educational circuits for administrative purposes namely Savelugu East, Savelugu West, Pong-Tamale, Diare, Nanton, Tampion, Zoggu and Moglaa. There are 51 pre-schools, 81 primary and 18 JSS within the Savelugu Nanton Assembly.  The Junior Secondary Schools service the two Senior Secondary Schools located at Savelugu and Pong-Tamale within the Savelugu/Nanton Assembly.  There is also a school for the deaf and a veterinary college located in Savelugu and Pong-Tamale respectively. 

The MA has been pursuing various interventions to create an enabling environment to improve education delivery. Some of such actions are infrastructure provisions such as the construction of school blocks, provision of furniture, teacher accommodation, teacher trainee sponsorship, teacher motivation, a school feeding programme and provision of teaching and learning materials.  The impacts of these actions have been an increase in enrollment.

Enrollment

Gross Primary Enrollment (GER) increased from 68.4% in 2002/2003 academic year to 79.9% for 2005/2006 academic year. The increase in enrollment had gender disparities. Though enrollment of the girl child similarly increased, the rate of increase for the boy child was more than the girl child.  
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Transition Rates

There is significant increase in transition rates. Despite a decrease in 2004, progress is being made in Transition from P6-JSS1. Transition for the girl child is better from P6-JSS1 as compared to from JSS-SSS. There is a reverse situation from the JSS-SSS since fewer girls attained Aggregate 6-30 at BECE, the cut off aggregate for qualification into SSS. The graphs in pdf file depict the situation explained above.  

Gender Parity

There exists a gender parity gap. The situation emanates from poor retention of the girl child in school especially at the JSS level. The possible reason for this situation could be that at the JSS level, the girl child begins performing the multiple domestic roles such as fetching water, cooking, washing sweeping and cleaning just to mention a few in the family and thus has little time for academic work.  It appears impossible to prevent the girl child from performing the roles. Thus, the action being pursued is to support the girl child perform domestic roles without compromising with her education. It is for this reason that with support from UNICEF, the assembly is providing means of transport for the girl child by providing them with bicycles which could be used to fetch water and quickly get to school and get back home early to perform domestic roles. 

Teaching Staff Situation

The current teacher situation in the Assembly is 370 trained and 264 untrained teachers. The total pupil-teacher ratio is 1:36 as against a national ratio of 1:28 for the basic level. There are more male than female teachers. This thwarts MA efforts to use female teachers as role models to improve on girl child education in then Municipality. It is only at the pre school level that there more female than male teachers.

SSS Performance (AGG 6-24)

There are 2No. Senior Secondary Schools (SSS)  namely Pong-Tamale SSS and Savelugu SSS. Students’ performances at WASSCE for the two schools are poor. In 2005, whilst four students qualified to enter the University from Savelugu SSS, five representing 3.5% of students sitting for the examination qualified from Pong-Tamale SSS. The reasons for the abysmal performance at the SSS though could result from Poor teaching, are also partly due to the quality of students admitted. Mostly, the rejects from Tamasco, Ghanasco and others are those admitted. With the introduction of the computerised Placement of student, it is expected that the situation would change (See table 3 below for the individual schools performances).

School Infrastructure

Despite the continuous provision of educational infrastructure, the infrastructure situation could be described as inadequate.

There are adequate seating and writing places. The rate is 0.8% for seating places and 0.7% for writing places, the same as the national rates. However, there are inadequate toilet and water facilities. For toilets, the rate is 47.1% as against a national rate of 60.5%. The situation is bad for drinking water. It is 10.1% as against national rate of 44.1%  

On-Going Programme/Projects In Education

The on-going programmes in the sector are a school feeding programme, The Capitation Grant, The Untrained Teacher Training in Diploma Education (UTTDE) other Teacher sponsorship Community teaching assistants under the Youth and Employment Programme, the construction of teachers quarters and school blocks.
 
Challenges in the Education sector

  • The proximity of  Tamale metropolitan Assembly poses a problem of trained teacher retention
  • Teachers staying in Tamale and teaching in the District
  • Early marriage
  • Kayayei
  • Logistics to intensify supervision
  • Teacher accommodation and electricity
  • Gender Disparity
  • Parents apathy in their children education


Date Created : 11/18/2017 8:12:16 AM