“Dumb folks get no lands. Reserve your energy”
It is very unfortunate how teachers in this country are being treated. I find it very difficult to understand how a noble profession could be trodden upon in such a disdain manner. Teachers continue to experience the worst condition of service ever in Ghana and successive governments had remained unperturbed about their situation and plight.
When the decision to feed JHS students as well as their teachers became a concern due to the COVID-19 situation, many teachers across the country are asking for a monetary form of motivation other than getting one hot meal a day. It is obvious that the call to properly motivating them had fallen on deaf ears and had been welcomed with little or no reception by authorities concerned. This has become a very big source of demoralization for dedicated citizens (teachers) in the midst of a raging virus.
It is about time we give befitting attention to the teaching profession and to ensuring that it becomes very lucrative for the generations yet to come. All professionals can indeed boast but the teacher taught them all. Therefore, the teaching profession must be treated with all honor and not a dishonor.
Many teachers are looking forward to the President responding to this issue and if the President fails to heed to their humble call, it might serve as a form of discouragement and bring disappointment to many of them who are committed.
I will urge teachers also to call upon their teacher unions to act in a good faith and ensure that these concerns raised by them get to the flagstaff house as a matter of urgency.
Besides, the unions are better placed to echo most of these sensitive issues that confront teachers on daily basis and not only declaration of strikes which are mostly in a fiasco.
Finally, I will admonish the teacher unions to take this matter up as they are the main mouthpiece of teachers in this country.
I also appeal to the first gentleman of the land, Nana Addo, with all due respect, to respond to the cries and concerns of Teachers because they deserve better.
I am a citizen of Ghana. Ghana first.
President of Educate Africa Institute (EAI), Educationist, and Motivational Speaker.