Apac District Chief Administrative Officer, Abyeta Stella, has advised education stakeholders including head teachers and teachers to work as a team and double their efforts in order to realize better academic performance.
She made the remark while presiding over a ceremony organized for release of Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) 2017 results at St Thomas Church, Apac Municipal Council on 17th January 2018.
“As head teachers, have stamina and self-confidence while performing yourduties, always speak out on matters concerning your schools and promote team spirit amongst staff,” Abyeto observed.
She decried of poor PLE results as only 73 out of a total of 4 211 candidates passed in division one, adding that it is shameful.
PLE results for the district further showed that 1885 pupils obtained division two while the rests scored division III, IV and Urespectively with 3641 candidates passing with a percentage of 86.3%, indicating that the boys yet again performed better than the girls in the district.
Ranking by sub counties, Aduku sub county with only four schools was the best followed by Inomo with Inomo primary school leading with 10 pupils in division one, thesesub counties which for decades had not been on the map but this time have shifted their focus which calls for a thank you and Abongmola emerged the last subcounty in the district.
Mr.Okunyu Billy the District Education Officer affirm that the results was due to poor service delivery of which he advised the head teachers in attendance to effectively deliver their services to their respective schools. He also brought to the knowledge of head teachers that results are not only to be blamed on teachers but themselves too and it should be a shame to them to continue looking at only teachers and not adding themselves. For a better results next year Ochungu recommended the head teachers to organize their team and assign them responsibilities for the results to improve.
Burring heads in the sand and forgetting the challenges would be committing an offence, which includes the poor staffing in schools where others have less teachers, day meals was also an issue where some schools do not provide meals where they requested the government to intervene. Schools like Alido primary which is near the lake shore has a problem of pupil absenteewhere fishing is preferred to attending school, in addition others schools have a weak PTA body.
The DEO called for increasing financial support towards schools supervision, inspection and monitoring for better results. He noted that the poor performing schools will be urgently assessed, more focus in accommodation of teachers in schools and provision of day meals, girls retention and completion of the primary school cycle.
Mr. Okunyu promised to effectively disseminate and enforce the Apac District ordinance, to strengthen partnership with key education support CSOs, NGOs to promote better performance and to engage with the right stakeholders in building a platform for quality service delivery.
According to reports, Apac district was third in the northern region which attributed to the fair performance observed in the schools in the last four years and a fairly good performance across the district.