Veep Bemoans Spate Of Teachers Strike
Speaking at this year’s ceremony, the Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur stated that, over the years, government’s intervention in the education sector sought to improve on quality of teachers and the performance of children at all the levels of education.
According to him, some of the interventions put in place included motivation for teachers who accepted postings to rural areas, laptop per child policy and the free school uniform programme.
Mr Amissah-Arthur indicated that over 600 laptops and 2,000,000 exercise books had been distributed to children in the basic schools across the country as a way of encouraging ICT education at the basic level and also help in reducing the burden of parents.
He however stressed that all the interventions by government would come to naught if teachers do not play their roles in ensuring that the standard of education is improved in the country.
He advised the Ghana Education Service and Teachers’ Unions to work hard at tackling challenges such as absenteeism and alcoholism among teachers. He added these would indeed improve the education sector, if the challenges are addressed.
Mr Amissah-Arthur bemoaned the spate of strike actions among the Teachers’ Unions and encouraged them to strive to exhaust all avenues of negotiations before taking a decision to embark on strike.
He hinted, ‘Since the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) inducted the President John Dramani Mahama as a member of the Association, GNAT should always discuss any decision on strike with him and if he is not going on strike, his colleagues in the association should not also embark on strike.’
He encouraged teachers to offer suggestions for improving the quality of education rather than complaining of the challenges in the sector.
The Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Ephraim Avea-Nsoh in his address, expressed concern at the dangers posed by mining activities in the region.
According to him, more than 20 mining companies have secured licenses to engage in mining in the area. He therefore called on mining committees in the various districts to monitor the activities of such mining companies to ensure that children would not be involved in the mining activities at the detriment of their education.
As part of this year’s event, 30 retired teachers in the Upper West Region were given special awards for their contribution towards education in the region. About 50 needy children from five deprived districts were given uniforms and school bags to assist them in school. Several other individuals were awarded in various categories ranging from childhood education to ICT innovation.
From: Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Wa, Upper West
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