Pain, despair and misery are the expressions on the faces of the men and women who have taken up the profession of Teaching in our dear Ghana.
The Ghanaian government has deliberately kept our dear Teachers poorer and more poorer after retirement.
There is a poor atmosphere for them and Nobody knows better than the school teachers that are losing position on the economic ladder.
For years, authorities had swatted away complaints about Teachers unpaid salaries and certain arears, despite their everyday cries, the neglection to their cry deepens. Now they are on Strike again and others threatening to join sooner despite the short time remaininig for the BECE exams to take place.And as usual the parents of students, gov`t representatives and the media are at it again.
First, it’s really easy to scapegoat teachers because common sense prompts us to see education on the individual level. For example, a Frameworks Institute study revealed that, when people think about education, they picture a classroom where a teacher stands in front of students. When you then talk about the problems in education, all eyes turn to the teachers – they aren’t working hard enough, or they’re too greedy, or they’re not accountable. Rather than focus on education as a broken system, the debate becomes about fixing individuals teachers – how do we incentivize them, how do we get rid of the lazy ones, how do we weaken their union “bosses.”
Are there not some teachers ineffective? Surely there are, just as in any other profession. But the singular focus on teachers prevents us from seeing how the system itself needs repair. Those who lead the so-called “education reform” movement are scapegoating teachers because they want to mask the real problems, the systemic problems that lead to poor performance and problems in education.
Scapegoating public school teachers has become so popular with policymakers and politicians, the media, and even members of the public that it has blurred the reality of what’s really happening in the education sector. What’s more, it’s eroding a noble profession and wreaking havoc on student learning. We must not fail to realise that scapegoating teachers, teacher unions, and teacher education masks the real, systemic problems in this country.
We must also not fail to understand that those who scapegoat teachers may have much to gain, but students have much more to lose.
The John Mahama Gov`t should be more serious and make it a paramount objective for the welfare of teachers and education in this country, it is incumbent upon all citizens of Ghana to press on gov`t to do the right thing with regards to the welfare of teachers.