Prioritize welfare of teachers to reduce brain drain – NAGRAT to government
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is warning of an imminent danger in the country’s education system if government does not take a critical look at the welfare of teachers in the country.
The caution follows reports that scores of Ghanaian teachers are trooping to China to teach.
President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbonu said the phenomenon which started some five years ago has seen a lot of Ghanaian teachers leave their posts in search of greener pastures in China.
“We have different policies that are being implemented but what government is not tackling is the condition of teachers–the wherewithal of the teacher who is the central role player in all these policies. And you will realize that the Ghanaian teacher is faced with a myriad of challenges, standards and conditions but he or she will ask the question, what policy inures to my personal benefit? That question we are not getting answers for. If this thing continues, we may be getting the Nigeria-Exodus that we experienced in the [past] and that will not be helpful for us in this country.”
Recent developments in Ghana’s educational sector
Recently it emerged that many of the teachers in Ghana are leaving for foreign countries particularly China to seek greener pastures.
Government has also made the possession of first degrees the minimum requirement for teachers in the country saying it will improve the standards of education.
In the past months, some teacher unions have also been unhappy with the government’s handling of some issues in the education sector with regards to the implementation of the Ghana Partnership Schools (GPS) Project.
Already an impasse at University of Education Winneba (UEW) has led to the shutting down of the institution.
A similar violent demonstration was recorded at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Technology in 2018.
‘Turmoil in education sector uncalled for’ – Naana Opoku Agyemang
A Former Education Minister, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang says the current turmoil on the country’s educational front could have been handled properly.
“If there’s turmoil in [the] education [sector] today, it is totally uncalled for,” she said at a lecture organised by the opposition National Democratic Congress on Thursday.