The Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT- Gh) has bemoaned the dwindling standards in the country’s education sector, especially in the public schools.
The teacher group which is critical of government policies states the Akufo-Addo government has done little to develop the basic school structure to meet the minimum standard expected in the sector because the pupils are not eligible voters.
As some teachers admit that the country’s education is deteriorating but have kept quiet for fear of being victimized, Madam Naomi Dornu, the Women Commissioner for CCT Ghana, has defied all odds and has spoken truth to power.
“The children of the politicians who are controlling the sector are aware of the challenges we are facing but have deliberately ignored,” the rural teacher lamented as she recounted how the lack of textbooks, teaching and learning materials, furniture and decent classrooms are hampering quality education.
“I am in charge of a class that has 85 students. By 12 pm, you can hardly stay in the class and teach. They don’t have desks yet the managers of the sector know about these challenges. A desk that should be used by 2 pupils is used by about 6 persons. some even have to put their books on the floor to write,” Madam Dornu lamented to Dwaboase host Prince Kwame Minkah.
She indicated that the rots in the country’s education sector can be handled and therefore called for urgent measures to put in place to save the situation.
Asked what the teacher unions stand for, she revealed that the leaders of the unions are rather in bed with the government.
“The teacher unions are not fighting for the interest of we, the teachers, but are rather fighting the teachers who suffer on the field,” she stated.
Meanwhile, an educationist, Ekow Djan has called on the Presidency to as a matter of urgency remove Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum from office as the Minister of Education.
To him, Adutwum, an educationist, has proven to be the worst minister for the education sector since 1992, adding that Dr. Mathew Opoku-Prempeh whom he succeeded is far better than Adutwum.
“This is a minister who lacks vision, his decisions are shaky and not backed by research, bad at policy formulation, struggles to implement policies which are both teacher-centered and student-centred, lacks effective managerial skills,” he noted and cited the recent industrial actions by teachers unions.
“Under Adutwum as Minister, three education unions—UTAG, CETAG, TEWU— are currently on strike over poorer conditions of service…Teachers in pre-tertiary schools are lamenting over poor salary conditions and undue deductions from their salaries,” he noted.
He also mentioned the non-payment of allowances like responsibility allowances to pre-tertiary teachers,Trainee teachers who have not been paid their allowances for six (6) solid months as a major challenge.
“Students in the universities are struggling to find accommodation, Textbooks have not been supplied to basic school pupils since 2019, Academic calendar has become problematic,” he argued.
In his suggestion, Mr Djan wants the government to embrace stakeholder consultation and act swiftly to save the education sector.