The Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana (CCT-GH) has asked the Minister of Education, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang to resign or face force exit.
According to the Coalition, Prof. Opoku Agyemang has shown gross incompetence and her continued stay as minister would collapse the education sector.
Speaking in an interview with DAILY GUIDE at a press conference in Accra yesterday Mr. Ernest Opoku, President of the Coalition said ‘We are appealing to the conscience of the minister to resign because her actions and inactions are gradually leading to the collapse of the sector.’
‘We will put pressure on government to fire her if she refuses to resign because she can’t do the job’.
Touching on some reasons why the Minister must resign, he said since Prof. Opoku Agyemang took over, education in the country has dwindled, stating that there is no monumental project that has taken place in the sector under her tenure.
‘The standard of education keeps falling and she is doing nothing about it. Common chalk is in short supply; school feeding has collapsed and teacher trainee allowance has not been restored’, Mr. Opoku added.
He said ‘It has gotten to the point that teachers use their own money to buy lesson note books and chalks to teach. Things are turning upside down. She must resign’.
Mr. Opoku revealed that district directors of education did not have funds to even buy A4 Sheets, adding that for first time in the history of the country, a teacher works for one year and he is paid for only three months.
He accused the Minister of taking delight in traveling, instead of working to solve the problem confronting the sector.
‘What the Minister knows to do best is to travel outside the country. You won’t even find her in the office. You always go and meet the deputies…I don’t know whether he takes delight in traveling or what…I don’t know’, Mr. Opoku Agyemang retorted.
He said the behavior of the Minister had clearly shown that she does not have the Ghanaian teacher at heart and cannot handle issues confronting the education sector and therefore must resign or be forced to resign.
By Cephas Larbi
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