Atimpoku (E/R), April 12, GNA – The Asuogyaman District Assembly has embarked on a project to construct modern teachers’ bungalows, in all the deprived communities in the district to make life better for teachers who are posted there.
Mr Johnson Ahiakpor, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Asuogyaman, said this when addressing members of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) during their fourth Quadrennial Delegates Conference on Thursday at Atimpoku.
‘We realized that the teachers are poorly accommodated and so the assembly is ensuring that wherever we are putting up a school building we add teachers’ bungalows, especially in the most deprived areas,’ he stressed.
Mr Ahiakpor said so far two communities, Kudikope and Sedorm, have fully benefited from the project and that five other bungalows are still under construction at Old Akrade, Adjena Dome, Asikuma, Frankadua and the Dodi Island.
The DCE assured the teachers that the government was always committed to improving their welfare in order to attain quality education for the nation’s future adults, telling them to stay calm since the government would work to ensure they are not worst off.
Mr Ahiakpor however appealed to the teachers to work in unison with other stakeholders and the government to improve quality education in the country, adding that, indictment would greatly be on them if educational standards are low.
Mr Brownsford C. Asamoah, the Asuogyaman District Director of Education, implored the teachers to upgrade themselves to be abreast with contemporary teaching techniques to enhance the educational standards in the country.
‘The success of education in the country is depended on the competence and commitment of teachers,’ he added.
Mr Asamoah also appealed to the government to, as part of teachers’ incentives, offer fee-free education for their children.
Mr Nicolas Kwaku Afunyah, a retired educationist, who was the Guest Speaker at the function, entreated teachers to be good models to the children they teach, saying, ‘your way of life must be well emulating by the pupils you teach.’
He also told the teachers not to collect extra classes’ fee as a means for supporting their remuneration, adding that, if ‘you feel your remuneration is not enough, attack the government and leave the pupils alone.’
Mr Afunyah advised teachers to send their children to the schools in which they teach instead of enrolling them in private schools.
‘If you do that you are indicating that you are aware that you are not teaching well in your schools and that your children cannot get the quality education at where you teach,’ he said.
Reverend Obeng, the Asuogyaman District Chairman of the GNAT, charged his colleague teachers to be functional leaders and enlighteners in the society.