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Some of the old Students of Keta Secondary Technical School in the Keta Municipality of the Volta Region are angry over a decisions by the school authorities to evict some of the teachers from the Staff Bungalows to make way for freshly admitted students under the free SHS policy to be accommodated at the place.
The teachers who spoke to our reporter, Francis Edzorna Mensah, on conditions of anonymity disclosed that the situation is affecting them badly.
One of the affected teachers said, “this directive to allow some students admitted under free SHS is really affecting us and it is equally affecting teaching and learning because we need a peace of mind to prepare before teaching”.
The position of the affected teachers was echoed by Professor John Gatsi (Ketascan) who chaired a Public lecture held in the school to mark the 65th Founders Day Celebrations of Ketasco.
According to him, “the situation in which a number of Teachers’ bungalows have been given to students while teachers don’t have accommodation is disturbing”.
He called on the stakeholders including the government to put in place alternative measures to arrest the situation before it grows bigger.
Professor Gatsi, also expressed worry that the Girls Dormitory Block project being financed by the Parents Teacher Association (PTA) dues is at a standstill because the parents of the first year students are not paying, due to government policy on PTA dues.
He said government will continue to need the overall financial support of PTAs as government cannot provide every need of all Schools.
He however advised parents and government to the role of PTAs to restore the commitment of supporting schools in areas the government may not be able to fully support.
Speaking on the role of PTAs in Free SHS, the former Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Charles Aheto-Tsegah, explained that PTAs are important part of the educational system but the current situation where the Free SHS policy seems to limit the contribution of PTAs, affect the effectiveness of educational system.
He said, when PTAs are managed well they will continue to contribute to fostering proper planning, resolution of disputes and provision of school infrastructure.
He however, called for national discourse on the role of PTAs.
Source: Francis Edzorna Mensah
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