Education Director Warns Teachers Against Forming Fragmented Unions
Teachers in the country have been called upon to form one national union to promote their welfare. Asunafo South District Director of Education, Mr. Hayford Kwadwo Osei, who made the call stressed that as the largest population in the formal sector, teachers ought to come under one national union to play influential role in national policy implementation.
Mr. Osei said though the 1992 constitution allowed freedom to form associations and unions, teacher unions ought to understand that it is when they come together that their voices would be heard.
He noted that with the same goal of promoting quality education and enhancing their living conditions, teachers ought to forge ahead in unity and end unnecessary attitudes that turn to divide their ranks.
Addressing teachers at a durbar to mark the Brong-Ahafo Regional celebration of World Teachers Day at Goaso in the Asunafo North Municipality, Mr. Osei also appealed to the government to improve the working conditions of teachers to retain them in the profession.
The Brong-Ahafo Regional branch of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) organized the durbar, which was under the theme: ‘Teachers care to lead for quality education.’
Mr. Osei appealed to communities to support teachers to play the lead role in the search for quality education in the country.
‘As teachers, we should also endeavour to accept postings to serve in any village or town without complaints,’ he said, and advised teachers in deprived communities to be disciplined and avoid alcoholism.
Ms Helena Awurase, Officer in charge of the Women’s Desk, GNAT headquarters called on the government to consider incorporating modest accommodation for teachers whenever new schools are constructed. This, she said, would encourage teachers to readily accept postings especially to rural communities.
Mr. Jones Yeboah Yelbuori, Asunafo North Municipal Director of Education said education management is entrusted into the hands of teachers and asked teachers to be punctual in school, committed to roles and responsibilities.
He said the demand for quality education would not go away because education generally held the key to sustain human development and growth.
Fifteen deserving teachers drawn from all the 13 GNAT districts in Brong-Ahafo were given
DVD receiver and home theatre speakers each for their contributions to the growth of GNAT.
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