According to the DCE, the poor performance of the teachers was immensely affecting the district in producing the needed qualified students to enter into the Senior High School and the Health Assistants Training School in the district.
Speaking at a workshop on Promoting Effective Collaboration between Traditional Authorities and the Youth to Facilitate the Course of Development held in Tamale, Hon Mumuni announced that only 19% of the Students who wrote the last West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) passed the exams, which situation he said had persisted for sometime now.
The Workshop which was under the theme: “Effective Communication and Information Sharing: A Platform for Effective Collaboration with the Traditional Authorities in the Northern Region” was organized by the Mwanachi Ghana and Grassroots Sisterhood Foundation with sponsorship from the East Gonja District Assembly. The Workshop was attended most prominent traditional leaders in the East Gonja and Dagbon areas.
The DCE hinted that his major worry emanating from the poor performance of the teachers was the fact that the SHS and the Health Training School were filled with students from outside the East Gonja District, whiles from the district were either going into Kayaye or early marriages.
Hon Alhassan Mumuni equally turned the heat on irresponsible parents show little or no attention to the education of their children, but continue to give birth to so many children. He also blamed the parents for allowing their children to attending Discos and roaming aimlessly on the streets at nights.
The DCE also a former Circuit Supervisor of the District had earlier threatened to deal drastically with any parent who would toy with the education of their children given the high investments government was making in making education free and attractive to all children.
He however implored on traditional authorities to regularly monitor the teachers’ attendance to school and feel free to report the lazy ones to the assembly for actions to be taken against them, as means of reversing the situation.
The Executive Director of Grassroots Sisterhood Foundation (GSF), Madam Fati Alhassan who outlined the purpose of the workshop said that it was to bring about diverse development and social changes through collaboration between traditional leaders and Community Based Organisations.
Madam Fati who is also a key gender advocate in the Northern Region called for fair treatment and respect for all women, and provide them with the necessary opportunities to contribute their quotas to national development.
She estimated that the Northern Region was seen as the most poor in Ghana because the potentials of Chiefs and other individuals especially women were not properly harnessed.
The Lepowura, Alhaji Mohammed Nurudeen Jawula encouraged the parents in the area to take the development of their children seriously.
He said he did not totally support the family planning crusade in Ghana but was rather concerned about how the nation could promote responsible parenting to ensure more children were educated, sheltered, clothed and become responsible citizens.
The 2008 Running mate of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Dr. Abu Sakara on his part admonished Chiefs in the Northern Region to desist from selling almost every land without projecting into the future or think about the unborn generations.