Regional News Mon, 6 Nov 2006

Achiase teachers dissatisfied with SMC directive

Achiase (Ash), Nov 6, GNA - Teachers of Achiase in the Atwima-Nwabiagya District have expressed dissatisfaction about the interference of School Management Committees (SMCs) in their professional duties as well as the schools' administration. Citing instances to substantiate their claim, the teachers referred to a recent directive by the SMCs calling on teachers to submit the homework they give to the pupils for inspection. "This is not only an indictment on our integrity but also an encroachment on the school's administration."

These were among sentiments expressed by the teachers at an educational forum organised by the Atwima-Nwabiagya District Education Directorate at Achiase last Friday.

Aimed at reactivating dormant SMCs, the forum was attended by community leaders from Achiase, Nkatia and Amoaman. The teachers complained about the persistent interferences in their professional responsibilities by the local SMC and noted that it was seriously affecting their morale and performances.

They appealed to the Educational Directorate to intervene and educate the SMCs on their functions and the limit of their authority to avoid conflicts.

Mr. Atta Boakye, the SMC chairman, said the community had initiated numerous programmes to address the persistent poor Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results.

He said as part of the measures, some teachers have been recruited to teach the junior secondary school pupils in the evenings to supplement the efforts of the regular teachers.

Mr. Ali IBrahim, assemblyman for Asuofua, said parents were concerned about the quality of education their children get from the schools and advised the teachers to improve upon their performances. He said the District Assembly would continue to provide adequate infrastructure and other facilities to improve teaching and learning.

Source: GNA