The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has called on the government to provide logistics for the various schools in the country and encourage teachers to effectively teach.
Speaking on behalf of the Association, the Deputy General Secretary in charge of Education and Professional Development, Dagbandow Kwame, stated that the teachers are ready to pursue their profession, but there are little or no logistics available.
According to him, the majority of teaching and learning materials are available but limited to urban sectors, causing those assigned to deprived areas to struggle to teach. Some of the needed resources include laboratories and text books.
In an interview on Prime Morning, he said, “Our teachers are really poised to do the work as expected, but we need these logistics, and they must be available.”
He added that the materials should be equitably distributed across all the regions. This, he said, is due to the unavailability of a data.
“If you don’t have the data, it’s very difficult for you to sit in the comfort of your home and be able to tell that this particular place is deprived,” he told Roselyn Felli.
Mr. Dagbandow believes that the data chart can also help manage the deployment of teachers to various schools across the country.
He has, however, praised JoyNews for airing the documentary dubbed “School of Shame,” as the coverage has assisted the affected school in receiving furniture.
The Deputy Secretary further requested that the National Teachers Prize, now the Best Teachers Award program, be extended to district levels to also recognize the efforts of teachers in such areas, as everyone would benefit.
He added that teachers need motivation to improve their work efficiency. But the inducement he mentioned is not only about salary.
He said, “When we talk about motivation, it’s like people get us wrong and think that we’re talking about salary. Salary is very important and critical, but the other aspects are very important.”
Mr. Dagbandow said the governance system in schools should be reviewed, saying that leadership seminars should be organized for teachers to aid in their leadership skills.
He has encouraged parents to enroll their children in public schools more often, as some of them offer comparable tuition to private schools.
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