Statement: Teachers protest Akufo-Addo’s absence at Teachers’ Day Awards ceremony

PROGRESSIVE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION OF GHANA CONDEMNS THE ABSENCE OF H.E NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO, DR. MAHAMUDU BAWUMIA AND EDUCATION MINISTER, DR. MATTHEW OPOKU PREMPEH AT THE CELEBRATION OF 2017 TEACHER’S DAY AND AWARD CEREMONY TO HONOUR GHANAIAN TEACHERS IN KOFORIDUA.

In 1994, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) of the United Nations based in Paris, set aside 5th October as World Teachers Day with the aim to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers. For the past 23 years, the Government of Ghana has honoured deserving teachers who have excelled in the delivery of quality education.

This year’s ceremony was held in Koforidua in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
At an all important ceremony like the World Teachers Day where the best Ghanaian teachers were assembled from the ten regions of Ghana to be honoured, the leadership of the Progressive Teachers Association of Ghana was expecting at least the President of the Republic of Ghana, the Vice President or the Minister of Education to be present.

To our dismay, neither the president nor the Vice President or the Minister of Education was present to grace the ceremony. This is act of disrespect to the Ghanaian teacher and must be condemned by all and sundry.

Though the reasons for the absence of these important personalities has not been communicated, one would not be wrong by attributing it to the failure of the Government in honouring its campaign promises to teachers.

The incremental credit / jump for September has not been effected , Also newly trained teachers who completed their studies and training in the various colleges of Education this year have been in the house for the past 8 weeks awaiting posting. Previously, graduates from the Colleges of Education were posted even before the basic schools resumed for the first term.

The Government promised to restore allowance of teacher trainees in full in its 100 days in power. Today marks exactly 272 days since this government was inaugurated and not a single teacher trainee has been paid the said allowances in full. Even with what we have heard, after deductions, the teacher trainee is given Ghc204 as allowances and this is paid for only 8 months unlike the previous allowances which amounted to Ghc460.00 and was paid for twelve months. This is certainly not allowances restored in full.

We are by this notice calling on the Government to render an unqualified apology to the Ghanaian teachers for ignoring us and also to the teacher trainees for delaying their postings them.

ISSUED BY;

OBENG AGYENIM BOATENG

NATIONAL PRESIDENT

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