EducationGhana, August 19, AFfED: African Foundation for Educational Development (AFfED) is calling on President Akuffo Addo to apologise to Ghana Teachers over his recent utterance about teachers’ financial status.
AFfED in a statement argued that the president’s recent utterance about not venturing to teach if one wants to be a millionaire is really demoralizing and seeks to drain down the efforts of teachers.
Read Statement Below:
PRESIDENT AKUFO ADDO MUST APOLOGIZE TO GHANAIAN TEACHERS
The teacher’s role towards nation building can never be underestimated as they impact many lives that contribute to the human resource capacity of our country.
African Foundation for Educational Development(AFfED) have however noticed with grave concern the unfit treatments smeared on teachers and wish to express our disappointment in the president and his appointees in the Ministry of Education.
1. THE PRESIDENT’S UTTERANCE ABOUT TEACHERS FINANCIAL STATUS
The President’s recent utterance about not venturing to teach if one wants to be a millionaire is really demoralizing and seeks to drain down the efforts of teachers. This, therefore, reflects in the government’s undue delay in teacher promotion, refusal to pay responsibility allowance, acting allowance etc. Indeed, teachers cannot be millionaires when the government deliberately neglects its own responsibility.
- UTAG STRIKE
The government’s reluctance to attend to the needs of UTAG members and its persistent use of the National Labour Commission(NLC) to intimidate and forcefully return the university teachers back to the classroom tells the insensitivity of government shown towards teachers.
The members of the union have done nothing wrong for the NLC to subject them to such a level of compulsion, intimidation and bully, other than requesting for improvement in conditions that are worse compared to some years ago.
The total disregard towards academia and the tactics of intimidation within the education system must not be accepted in our dear country.
AFfED, therefore, call on the President, Nana Akufo Addo and the Minister for Education to render an unqualified apology to all teachers in Ghana for such statement and treatment pointed at them.
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We again demand that government plays an expediting role for all allowances to be paid to deserving teachers and also address all issues regarding teacher promotion.
Finally, the government must grant the request of UTAG by making proposals that are workable within the union so that academic work on the various university campuses would bounce back in full force.
Executive Director- AFfED
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