The Agona West Municipal Assembly has expressed concern about the poor performance of Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results in the area in spite of the huge investments being made into basic education.
Mr Samuel Oppong, Agona West Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), said this when he addressed the first Ordinary Meeting of the first session of the 7th Agona West Municipal Assembly at Agona Swedru.
He said a total of 2,301 candidates who sat for the examination (BECE) in 2015 1,672 passed whiles 629 failed.
He said it was unfortunate that the financial support offered by the Agona West Directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has not helped to improve the situation.
The MCE said the Municipal Education Oversight Committee has been assigned the responsibility of identifying the causes of the poor performance.
He said the central government and Agona West Municipal Assembly would not shirk their responsibilities to ensure that children of school going age received quality education.
Mr Emmanuel Korley, a teacher and the Assemblyman for Agona Swedru Nkubem/ Otapirow Electoral Area, said basic school teachers needed some form of motivation to help them deliver their duties effectively.
Mr Frank Yeboah, Assemblyman for Lower Bobikuma, said the poor performance of BECE could be attributed to poor preparations towards the examinations by various schools.
He said it would be better for the GES Directorate to set the mock questions for the BECE than allowing the various heads to set their own questions.
Mr John Sam, Senior Officer of Agona West GES Directorate, assured the Assembly that the GES Directorate would do their best to help improve the situation.