Tamale, Sept. 11, GNA - The Ghana Education Service, in collaboration with Plan Ghana and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has presented the Excellence School Award to Mobole District Assembly (DA) Junior High School at Mobole near Dodowa.
The event was also used to launch the Excellent School and Teachers' awards in the Brong-Ahafo, Greater Accra and the Central and Eastern regions.
The awards were part of the USAID-Plan Ghana Junior High Schools (JHS) Education Project a statement from Plan Ghana copied the Ghana News Agency said in Accra.
Mobole DA JHS won the Excellent School award in Dangme West for the effective role the Mobole community played in the management of the school.
The community implemented the school's improvement plan, monitored daily teacher attendance, supported student clubs, and enhanced the level of activity of the school clubs.
The community also encouraged pupil attendance and helped to improve performance in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) as well as the sanitation and cleanliness of the school campus.
The runner-up schools were Prampram DA “B” JHS and Ayetepa DA “B”. All schools exhibited outstanding motivation and hard work.
The project is providing a library/ICT center with supplementary English readers and computers for Mobole DA JHS, while the male and female Excellent Teachers received laptop computers.
Students were presented with book bags, exercise books, math sets and story books to support their learning.
The statement said each of the 13 participating District Education Offices conducted evaluations to select its excellent school and its excellent male and female teacher. Teachers from any project school were nominated, shortlisted, and interviewed for the award. Teachers competed in lesson planning, stand-up instruction, participation in student clubs and moral character.
It said working through School Management Committees (SMCs), USAID had supported teacher and head teacher training and student clubs (girls' and boys' football, child rights, Aflatoun, and social studies).
The SMCs have upgraded and rehabilitated school buildings and extended electric power to classrooms. To date, more than 200 school development projects have been undertaken and over 8,000 parents and community members have met regularly to evaluate school performance and to increase community participation in education.