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A section of the participants. INSET: Mr Dunyo (left) with the facilitators at the high table

The Ketu South Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Pascal Lamptey, has expressed great concern about the improper use of teacher-pupil contact hours in schools.

According to him, lateness and absenteeism on the part of both teachers and pupils have been identified as some of the major factors contributing to the poor performance of pupils in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

He had, therefore, charged the Education Directorate to step up school visits and put in place sustainable measures to deal with those found culpable, as government would not continue to pay such teachers for no work done.

The MCE,  who said these in a speech on his behalf at Denu, during a two-day orientation course for 72 newly-trained teachers posted to the municipality, asked teachers to strive to make children develop love and interest in school and learning.

He stated that teaching could be fun, free of stress and fulfilling if teachers adopt the right and best practices through the application and use of the relevant learning and teaching materials which would make children feel part of the lesson being taught.

?When we  are  devoted and committed and our lessons  are interesting and appealing to our pupils, then we are on the right track towards the achievement  of national educational goals.??

Mr Lamptey assured that the assembly would continue to play its role in the delivery of quality education by improving on infrastructure in schools in the municipality.

He added that providing quality education was a shared responsibility that required all stakeholders to play their parts well.

The Ketu South Municipal Education Director, Fred Dunyoh, charged the new teachers to comport themselves as worthy ambassadors of the service in their communities in order not to drag the good name of the profession in the mud.

Mr Dunyoh appealed to the various institutes of education to streamline their activities to fall in sync with the basic school calendar, adding that ?when this is done, the pathetic sight of going to schools only to find out that half of the teaching staff has left for their various course centres would be curtailed.??

Collins Ahodetor, Denu 

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