UNICEF expresses worry about high absenteeism in basic schools – Ghana News Agency

Sunyani, March 15, GNA – The United Nations
International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), on Wednesday expressed
concern about high rate of absenteeism in basic schools in the country.

According to the key national development
partner, if the practice was not immediately brought under control, most basic
schools would score zero percent in Basic Education Certificate Examination in
three years time.

Mr Charles Dzradosi, Social Policy Specialist,
UNICEF, raised the concern at the Brong-Ahafo Regional launch of the 2016 Ghana
District Table (DLT) in Sunyani.

The DLT is a simple ranking tool showing
national progress toward delivering development across the country’s 216
Districts.

As an independent tool for promoting social
accountability, the table is produced on an annual basis by UNICEF Ghana and
the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana).

Mr Dzradosi recommended an urgent directive
from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to ensure that the
various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies took the lead and
tackled the issues in a more proactive manner.

In a speech read for him, Dr Callistus Mahama,
the Head of the Local Government Service, lauded the DLT concept and commended
the CDD and UNICEF and he was optimistic that the concept would be sustained.

He explained that the local government service
recognised the DLT as an objective assessment initiative that had the potential
to engender competition among MMDAs, stimulate district level performance and
further deepen efforts at decentralization.

Dr Mahama expressed the hope that the table
would impact positively on the frontline staff of the MMDAs by stimulating them
to enquire and make comparisons on performance and service delivery among
themselves.

GNA

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