A member of the Teacher Union, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has called on the government to consider improving the welfare of teachers and stop making empty promises including payment of allowances
The President of the Association of Teachers, Mrs Philippa Larsen speaking at the launch of the 90th Anniversary of GNAT expressed worry over how teachers dedicate themselves to the profession but are not recognized.
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According to her, teachers in the country anytime are posted to work in deprived and striving environments with terrible conditions, a situation she said a little had been done by the government to improve teachers welfare.
“Salary of teachers remain low with little or no allowances for the herculean duties teachers perform but in this 21st century GNAT will rise up and help the teacher to get a commensurable reward,” She stated
Mrs. Philippa Larsen furthered that some teachers have to walk several kilometers to school because they have no means of transport.
The GNAT President indicated poor and unattractive working conditions of teachers, low female participation in decision making in the Association, and unfulfilled promises by politicians are challenges of teachers in Ghana.
But the Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum in his address indicated the Akufo-Addo led government since 2017 has improved the welfare of teachers even though there still some challenges that need to be solved.
“What remains important is for both government and teachers to dialogue to find clear lines of understanding to enhance teaching and learning,” the Bosomtwe Member of Parliament stated.