UNICEF VOICES CONCERN AT HIGH RATE OF ABSENTEEISM IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN GHANA

SUNYANI, The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has expressed concern at the high rate of absenteeism in elementary schools in Ghana and warns that if this is not immediately brought under control, most basic schools will score zero per cent in the Basic Education Certificate Examination in three years' time.

Charles Dzradosi, a Social Policy Specialist at Unicef, raised this concern Wednesdat at the Brong-Ahafo Region (Province) launch of the 2016 Ghana District Table (DLT) in this regional capital. The DLT is a simple ranking tool showing national progress toward delivering development across the country's 216 districts.

As an independent tool for promoting social accountability, the table is produced on an annual basis by Unicef Ghana and the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana).

Dzradosi recommended an urgent directive from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to ensure that the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies take the lead and tackle the issue in a more proactive manner.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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