SCHOOL FOR LIFE’s UPDATES FOR MAY, 2016
During May, 2016 SfL undertook and or participated in the following activities:
2.0 Meeting with District Education Oversight Team (DEOT) at Saboba District
The commitment level of the DEOT in Saboba regarding the execution of its mandate continues to rise. At a meeting that was held on 4th May 2016, facilitated by the E4L Team, all DEOT members were present. The main purpose of the meeting was to review their action plans and look at the way forward. Key people such as the District Chief Executive, the District Director for Education, the District Director of the Ghana Health Service, GNAT personnel, Traditional Authority and Private Schools representatives have always made it a point to attend DEOT meetings. This has made it possible for them to carry out their action plans.
The District Director for Education indicated that the Directorate had set up monitoring teams to monitor activities of both teachers and pupils. She however lamented that some teachers were not up to their tasks. Following this, the meeting resolved that punitive sanctions such as demoting a non-performing circuit supervisor to a classroom teacher should be implemented. On the part of non-performing teachers, the meeting resolved that such teachers should be warned and if possible the sanctions from the teachers’ professional code of ethics should be applied.
On the part of improving quality education, the DEOT decided to conduct mock examinations for all transitional classes (P3, P6 and form 3 of the JHS) in the District. It was agreed that final year students of the Junior High Schools should start with the mock examination package from the District. To facilitate the process, it was resolved that the Education Directorate should organise subject teachers to set the questions for the mock examinations, while E4L supports in the compilation and printing of the examination questions. This means that E4L needed not less than one thousand two hundred Ghana Cedis (GHC1, 200.00) to support in this direction.
3.0 CBE District Coordinators’ Meeting with Management
CBE District Coordinators’ meeting with Management was held at the sub-office to discuss, among other issues, staff appraisals, ending cycle 3 of the Ghana CBE Programme and preparing to commence cycle 4.
District Coordinators were taken through the appraisal forms to ensure that a common understanding of the form was established. Areas given more attention were how to set achievable and measurable targets and how to assess the targets; how to assess strengths and weaknesses. It was emphasized that supervisors should engage their supervisees one-on-one periodically during the cycle to assess the targets before the end of the period. This will form a build up to the final annual appraisal. At the end of the meeting there was a common understanding of the appraisal system.
District Coordinators were also informed about the wining of bids to continue implementing CBE in three pilot districts: Yendi; Central Gonja; and Zabzugu and the increase in number of classes for these districts. They were also informed of the new roles the District Structures (DAs and GES) are to play in CBE implementation under the pilot. Monitoring of CBE classes has been ongoing to ensure that the cycle ends successfully.
4.0 CBE ALLAINCE TASK FORCE MEETS WITH DIRECTORS/MANAGERS OF IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS OF THE GHANA CBE PROGRAMME
The CBE Alliance Task Force held a meeting with Directors/Managers of organizations implementing the Ghana CBE Programme (IPs). It was attended by CBE Alliance Task Force members from Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions. The meeting among others, was aimed at providing a broad stakeholder consultation and discussion on the activities of the Alliance with specific emphasis on a national, regional/district launch and dissemination of the CBE Policy and strategies to actively engage the media and other key stakeholders in the dissemination of the CBE Policy.
The launch of the Policy will help generate a wider public acceptance and support towards the Policy and help promote a better public understanding of its operation. It is also envisaged that Government would make budgetary allocation to continue with the implementation of the Policy after the exit of the DFID and USAID support.
The budget for the national launch of the Policy was discussed in line with funding modalities and resource commitment towards the launch.
five member delegation was assigned to schedule meetings with key Partners
including the Director of the Basic Education Division of the Ghana Education
Service of the Ministry of Education, Development Partners, the Management Unit
of the Ghana CBE Programme and the National CBE Coordinator to solicit their
collaboration and support for the launch and dissemination of the Policy.
Participants at the Directors/Managers meeting with the CBE Alliance Task Force members
5.0 GES-ISODEC-VSO TENI II FORUM ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF INCLUSIVE EDUCATION POLICY
On May 12 2016 SfL joined other key stakeholders in Education on a forum organized by GES and ISODEC with support from VSO on the implementation of Inclusive Education Policy. The theme for the forum was: Effective Implementation of Inclusive Education Policy and plan in Ghana – The Role of Key Stakeholders. The need for inclusivity was underscored by the Northern Regional Director of Education.
Hon. Haruna Iddrisu (Tamale South Constituency MP) was the Guest Speaker and he presented the keynote address, emphasizing Government’s continuous commitment to successful implementation of the Inclusive Education Policy in Ghana. He offered a wheel-chair to a pupil (Abdallah) of the Yumba Special School who is physically challenged and an undisclosed amount of money as support to the school.
6.0 Advocacy and Communication Team Meeting
Technical Advisors (Gender and Education), who are members of the Advocacy and Communication Team, joined the rest of the members to develop advocacy strategies and action plans for the thematic areas of the E4L programme. In relation to communication and advocacy, the TAs also participated in the quarterly Media Review Meetings and made presentations on advocacy issues on the education thematic area.
7.0 Finalizing the E4L Annual Report for 2015
The two TAs also joined members of the MER Team to contribute to the finalization of the 2015 Annual report of the E4L Programme.
8.0 SfL/Tzedek EQUIP
8.1 Reading/Quiz Competition for Treatment Schools’ pupils
During the period under review, SfL/Tzedek EQUIP organized reading/quiz competition for lower primary pupils of all 110 treatment schools. The purpose of the competition was to inculcate the habit of reading among pupils and to encourage independent learning among children. The competition was in two-folds (Intra District and Inter-District). Participants who ranked first at the intra-district contest will represent their districts at the inter-district quiz competition scheduled to take place on 7th June, 2016.
8.2 Assessment of Teacher Effectiveness
The level of
teacher commitment and effectiveness was assessed in 6 schools of each of the 6
beneficiary Districts of EQUIP. Thus 108 teachers were assessed to measure how
effective they were in using the EQUIP methodology in lesson delivery. Among
the 108 were 54 teachers from 18 control schools whose performance will be
compared to the rest of the 54 teachers from treatment schools to measure the
overall performance of the treatment teachers over the control teachers.
Overall, the treatment teachers scored an average of 6% points higher than
their counterparts from the control schools.