Advocacy group, Teacher and Trainee Advocacy (TTA) has lashed out at the National Democratic Congress for hinting at canceling the teacher licensure examination and the compulsory national service for teachers.
This is in reaction to a promise by the flagbearer of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama, to cancel National Service for trainee teachers should he come back to power.
Addressing the media, convener of the advocacy group, Antwi Kakari Patrick says political parties should’desist’ from politicizing affairs of teachers going into the 2020 elections.
“We want to make it clear to the political parties specifically the NDC entering into this year’s elections with promises of canceling these two key policies, to desist from going ahead with their plans since we are very comfortable” – Mr. Kakari said.
According to him, the educational space has been politized in past years by political figures for political gains. He maintained that its high time the affairs of teachers are free of such acts.
“We are tired of the chunk of promises that are perpetuated by political parties especially in times they want to cling onto power” – he said.
Mr. Kakari Patrick, he disclosed that teachers are pleased with the current licensure exam and the national service opportunities and as such are against the promises of the flag bearer of the NDC. They believe that these procedures are injurious to the profession of teachers.
“Looking at statistics and from the results published by the NCTE, it is conspicuous that trainee teachers are performing better and are equally happy for its implementation” – Mr. Karikari said.
There have been demonstrations and formal complaints by teachers to the Ghana Education Service (GES) concerning their postings recently However, Mr. Kakari emphatically stated that no qualified teacher is out of job.
“It must be stated that direct posting is still in place as far as our research team is concerned. No qualified newly trained teacher has been deprived of posting or employment after college” – he said.
Mr. Kakari Patrick strongly assured newly trained teachers of immediate postings especially to those who are experiencing challenges with their postings currently.
“To the qualified newly trained teachers who are stranded and not yet posted, we assure you all that your postings will be released in no time by the GES as we continue to engage them in a democratic manner.” – he stated.
The reaction of TTA comes on the back of some campaign promises made by flag bearer of NDC, John Dramani Mahama during the launch of their fundraising event in Accra.
Story by; Joylyne Oko-Matey | universnewsroom.com