Ashanti Regional NAGRAT Members
More than 250 Teachers of the various basic schools in the Ejisu Municipal have been trained in a workshop purposefully on the effective teaching measures to help final year’s students pass the impending Basic Schools Certificate Examination in April and June, 2020.
The one day Worksop took place at Ejisu Presbyterian Primary and Junior High School and was organized by members of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) in Ashanti Region as part of procedures to help perk the quality of teaching and learning in schools, assist students to progress in their final exams [BECE] and also give support to teachers to obtain ‘Continuous Professional Development.
The participants (teachers) were trained by Assistant Examiners from West Africa Examination Council (Resource Persons) basically on how to teach final year students relevant likely exams questions, how to teach students to answer exams questions and how to choose carefully examination questions.
The two hundred and fifty  participants were selected from fifty schools in the Ejisu Municipal. Five teachers from each school at least a teacher for each of the core subjects namely: English Language, Maths, ICT, Social Studies and Integrated Science.
The Ashanti Regional coordinator-Gender Desk (NAGRAT), Madam Adellaide Biyaa- Powers who spoke to this paper narrated that the association (NAGRAT) fundamentally aims at equipping educators to achieve Continues Professional Development (CPD).
She recounted that the Ashanti Regional members of the association (NAGRAT) believe it is essential to coach teachers to have the vital teaching proficiency on examination questions in their profession.
She said most students fail in their BECE because they do not receive in-depth knowledge on how to tackle the questions.
As result members of NAGRAT in the Ashanti Region have dedicated themselves to inculcate the desirable examination teaching skills in teachers so that they may also impact those acquired skills in final year’s students in order to achieve BECE glory.
According to her, the association has embarked on the exercise for about 6 years now and has yielded positive results.
“In 2018, we trained final year’s students in Asante Mampong municipal on the proper approach to exams questions. The BECE pass percentage then was around 20%. However after we had taken them through how to answer questions clinic, at the end of their BECE exams in 2018, they had 57% pass”.
“Again in 2019 we did it for teachers in the same municipal (Asante Mampong) and the pass percentage shot up to 60% which is a clear indication that if continue with this process on how to answer BECE questions it will help students to pass very well”, the statement of the coordinator.
She pledged that NAGRAT will continue to give support to teachers and students so as to improve upon the quality of education in Ghana.
She added that the association as part of their social responsibility will give massive support to various societies of the nation
By: Joe Marfo