Anthony Apubeo, GNA
Bolgatanga, Oct. 6, GNA – Stakeholders in
education at this year’s World Teachers’ Day Celebration in Bolgatanga have
called on government to motivate teachers to enhance the quality delivery
They said when the teachers are well catered
for through revised policies that raise the standards of teachers in terms of
receiving good salaries and other incentives, they would be more determined to
give off their best to improve on performance at the educational sector.
The stakeholders made the call in Bolgatanga
in the Upper East Region during the 2018 World Teachers Day celebration
organized by the Bolgatanga Municipal branch of the Ghana National Association
of Teachers (GNAT).
The event brought together various
stakeholders in education to deliberate on how to improve on education in the
The annual event also brought together about
700 teachers from four administrative districts including Bolgatanga Municipal,
Bolgatanga East, Talensi and Nabdam Districts.
The 24th anniversary celebration was held
under the theme: “The right to education means the right to qualified teacher,
the role of stakeholders”.
Professor Samuel Alnaa, Rector of the
Bolgatanga Polytechnic, said teachers are central stakeholders to achieving the
kind of transformation that would make education the backbone of development,
hence there was the need to invest in them.
“Any lack of qualified teachers will hinder
citizens’ right to education and subsequent achievement. As a result,
government as the biggest shareholder, must be more determined, than before, to
coordinate and consult responsible institutions and regulatory bodies and to
address manpower challenges and policies of teachers to enable them carry out
their noble mandate of providing the needed skills and competencies for
commerce and industry in our collective drive towards national development,”
the Rector added.
He said in spite of the influence of the
teachers in moulding the future of the youth in the various educational
systems, they were often being neglected and unappreciated.
He said “teachers must, however, make all
efforts to ensure that they remained relevant in the trail, and take firm roots
of commitment and hard work for success in order to reposition our
constitutional right to education subject to qualified teachers”.
Professor Alnaa urged government to device
stakeholder consultative approach regarding the implementation of the teacher
licensure examination and added that “this way, Ghana will achieve its
education dreams and remain academically, socially, economically and
Mr Charles Ateem, the Bolgatanga GNAT
Chairman, in a welcome address, urged government to consider making the World
Teachers Day a statutory holiday which would allow all teachers to participate
and give meaning to the celebration.
He said the four districts have about 3500
teachers who were GNAT members but only 700 were allowed to participate in the
celebration because it was not a holiday and they could not abandon classes.
This, he said, does not encourage the other
teachers to fully deliver on their mandate.
Whilst appealing to government and the Ghana
Education Service to refund with interest the GH¢10.00 deducted from teachers’
salaries for GES-SIC Life Insurance Group Programme, he admonished the
Controller and Accountant General’s Department to desist from giving out
information about teachers to private financial companies, saying “it is
against our right”.
He advised his colleague teachers to eschew
laziness and cultivate best practices of commitment and dedication to ensure
they delivered on the purpose of the profession irrespective of the challenges.