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GNAT worried about high teacher attrition rate

By
Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Cape Coast, July 30, GNA – The Ghana National
Association of Teachers (GNAT) has expressed concern about the high trend of
human resource attrition in the teaching profession.

The practice, according to GNAT, could affect
the provision of good quality education in the country if not properly
addressed.

It called on the Government to put in place
measures to improve the teaching and learning conditions, pay teachers
legitimate entitlement on time and provide conducive teaching and learning
environment to halt the practice.

Madam Gifty Apanbil, GNAT Deputy General
Secretary in charge of Education and Professional Development, said many
teachers were consonantly leaving the classroom for other offers and even changed
to other professions due to the luxury attached to them.

She was speaking at the end of a five-day
in-service training course for about 500 selected teachers in the Central
Region aimed at deepening their knowledge and understanding of subject contents,
leadership and administrative skills to be relevant to the child in the
classroom.

The training course was organised by the Ghana
National Association of Teachers (GNAT) in collaboration with the Canadian
Teachers Federation (CTF) under its “GNAT/CTF Nkabom Project Overseas
in-service training workshop for teachers.

Participants were taken through courses such
as basic administration, primary mathematics and science, special female
mathematics and science, Junior High School (JHS) Mathematics, English, Science,
French, social studies and JHS basic design and technology among others.

Some of the topics were specifically designed
for teachers serving in deprived and under-served areas to improve their
teaching skills, creativity and enhance greater community participation in the
development of education in their respective communities.

Madam Apanbil urged teachers to give out their
best by way of providing quality and inductive education to ensure that public
education became a preferred choice for parents to send their children to but
not because they did not have money.

She expressed worry about the rate at which
dilapidated classroom blocks with ripped off roofs were increasing in the
country while the Government shown little concern in rehabilitating them.

She said such dilapidated school buildings
were death traps to both teachers and pupils, citing the recent collapse of a
KG block at Breman Gyambra in the Central Region which killed six pupils.

Madam Apanbil said that GNAT as a major
stakeholder in education in Ghana also believed in the right of every Ghanaian
child to have free quality basic education as enshrined in the 1992
Constitution and in the Social Development Goals (SDGs).

She said GNAT as a professional organisation,
also believed in continuous education and professional development of its
members, hence the training.

Madam Apnabil blamed education managers for
doing little to whip up students interest in agricultural sciences in schools
though agriculture had the potential of addressing the unemployment issue in
the country.

She also bemoaned how subjects such as
History, West African Religious Studies, Ghanaian Language, Music and Business
have been neglected and called on educational stakeholders to take measures to
reverse the situation.

Ms Lindsay Freedman, Team Leader of CTF,
commended the participants for the attentiveness during the workshop and asked
them to share the knowledge they had acquired with the colleagues.

She said her outfit was committed to working
towards a common goal of providing professional development to teachers in
Ghana to sustain the achievement of quality education for all.

GNA

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