| Updated Nov 07, 2017 at 7:46am


Mercy Elsie Essie Ashiagbor, addressing the students. Photo by/ Francis Edzorna Mensah.


Dr. Gatsi interacting with teachers and students./ Photo/ courtesy: Francis Edzorna Mensah.
Dr. Gatsi supervising students. Photo by Francis Edzorna Mensah.
The Director of Education in the Ketu North District of the Volta Region, Mercy Elsie Essie Ashiagbor, has attributed the low academic performance at the basic level of education to some bad cultural practices.

Madam Elsie said, some parents under her jurisdiction have allowed their children to practice some doctrines at the expense of the education.

"Most of our cultural practices are hindering our children's education".

According to her. "Most at times parents come to the school to ask teachers to excuse the children for some days.

They will start with one week, and it ends up to about three or four weeks, even at times two to three months", adding that, "the last time, I had to invite the DCE to come in before, we were able to rescue some of the children".

She however acknowledged that, "some cultural practices are good but those that will hinder, the children from coming to school, we've to stop them".

Addressing hundreds of Students and Teachers, during the 8th edition of the John Gatsi Educational Foundation Competitive Examination at Afife Evangelical Presbyterian Primary School, the District Director of Education, charged parents, teachers and students to be serious and play their individual roles very well, in order to harvest the fruit of formal education.

"Some of the children don't sit down to study, and i can assure you that, whenever there is a funeral, they are there, instead of reading their books, that is also hindering education in the Ketu North and beyond.

Lastly, some of the teachers are not serious too".

For his part, the Senior Lecturer at The University of Cape Coast (UCC), School of Business and Founder, Dr.John Gatsi encouraged the teachers to add to their efforts, motivation and social investment to make lasting but positive difference in the education of their students.

He said, "continuous encouragement, motivation and dealing with some social and psychological challenges can promote healthy learning environment for students".

In all, about Four Hundred and Four (464) students drawn from all the schools in the District, including private ones, participated in the competition as well as over hundred (100) Mathematics, Science and English Language teachers, undertaken a day refresher workshop in the three subject areas as part of the 2017/18 Competition, to remind them of what they do best in class.

The Foundation will from the next academic year, introduce, poem and story writing competition.

The Chartered Economist was grateful to the teachers and the District Education Directorate for collaborating with his foundation over the past eight (8) years.

Story by Francis Edzorna Mensah.