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02 July 2017

Islamic Edu. Unit wants Arabic teachers exempted from YEA disengagement

The Eastern Regional Islamic Education Unit wants Arabic teachers exempted from the ongoing Youth Employment Agency, (YEA) suspension of allowances of beneficiaries and its plan to disengage beneficiaries above youthful of 35 years.

A number of Arabic Teachers were recruited through the Youth Employment Agency, to mitigate the huge deficit of Arabic teachers  Islamic Schools in the Eastern region faced.

According to the Eastern Region Manager of Islamic Schools,Yussif Osman, all the Arabic Teachers are over 40 years therefore must be exempted from the cut off age of 35 years as notice serviced by management of YEA.

He said any attempt to disengage the Arabic Teachers will spell doom to Islamic Education because parents will withdraw their children from the schools to sit home, due to the significant of Arabic Teachings parents attach to the holistic education of their children .

The Eastern regional Manager of Islamic Schools,Yussif Osman said this when the Minister of Inner Cities and Zongo Development, Hon.Abu Bakar Saddique Boniface visited Koforidua Zongo for a consultative meeting with stakeholders  in the Zongo community .

Yussif Osman in an interview with Kasapa News indicated that currently the five months allowances of the YEA Arabic teachers have not been paid creating despondency among them despite his encouragement and continuous plea for them to teach.

The  Zongo Chiefs, Imams and leaders of Koforidua Zongo want the Ministry of Inner Cities and Zongo Development to establish an Islamic College of Education and Islamic Senior High School in Eastern region to encourage Muslim students to strive in Education.

They argue that, Muslim students are faced with several challenges of religious friction in schools they attend hence adding another Islamic SHS to the only existing Islamic Girls School at Suhum will help resolve those demoralizing challenges.

They further raised red flag over government’s plan to hand over mission schools to churches. According to them, the government must rescind that decision since it will create problems for students with different religious backgrounds.

Speaking to Kasapa News, the Minister for Inner Cities and Zongo Development, Hon.Abu-Bakar Saddique Boniface said some of the Problems facing Islamic Education tabled before him will be addressed in the shortest possible time while permanent solutions are sorted out.

According to him the consultative tour is very critical to draft comprehensive developmental and legal framework for the Ministry.

 

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