Overcrowding in schools make learning impossible – Northern Presbytery



Tamale, Oct. 13, GNA – Reverend Dr Martin Bugri Nabor, the Chairman of the Northern Presbytery has said the continued overcrowding in most schools have made it impossible to achieve a good teacher-pupil contact.

          He said in many schools he witnessed student population ranging from 70 to 100 pupils per classroom, being taught by a single teacher, adding that “this does not auger well for quality education as the best pupil-teacher ratio should be 35 to 45 pupils in a class”.

         Rev Dr Nabor said quality education could not be achieved under such overcrowded conditions and appealed to government to provide facilities to ensure and promote quality education.

         Rev Dr Nabor said these on Saturday during the handing over ceremony of some computers and ICT accessories to three Presbyterian schools in the Northern Region.

        The beneficiary schools included; Kanvilli Presby JHS, Nyohini Presby JHS and Salaga JHS.

        Each of the schools received six monitors, desk top server, printer, projector and a lap-top computer donated by the Presbyterian Mission as a pilot project.

        Rev Dr Nabor said it was important for government to streamline things in schools by providing quality time for the students and instill in them good morals that would protect the national interest.

        He said it was equally important for parents to give quality education to their wards saying that “illiteracy is a form of imprisonment”.

        Mr Abdul-Rahaman M. Saani, the Tamale Metro Director of Education, said ICT has become part of the teaching and learning tools in education delivery and urged the Church to continue supporting in delivery good education to the youth.

       He said he was unhappy with the poor academic performances that students continue to chalk and urged teachers to do their best in the peculiar circumstance.

       Rev Fei Sheamang, District Minister of Presby Church who chaired the function, said education was the key to national development stressing that it was the means of knowledge acquisition and molding of good morals and values.

        He encouraged students to take their studies seriously since it was the only means of making them productive in the competitive world.


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