The Eastern Regional capital is today abuzz with a lot of teachers and managers of the education sector in Ghana. It is the center of focus on the teachers’ calendar this week because they are celebrating the World Teachers’ Day today.
The World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the 5th of October f every year. It is a global celebration which aims at mobilizing support for teachers and ensuring that the needs of future generations continue to be met by an adequate quantity and quality of teachers, among others.
But the mood is a little downbeat in Kofofidua today as the lips of patrons of the programme have complained sore about the failure of the government this year to attach the same level of seriousness as has been the case in previous events across the country.
According to participants former President Kufuor attended each of the programmes throughout his eight years in office as President of Ghana. During the tenure of President Mills, either he attended or his Vice President John Mahama did so on his behalf. And as President, John Mahama either attended or delegated his Vice Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.
But, surprising to the many participants who thronged the Eastern Regional capital for this year’s event, neither the President, his Vice nor the Minister for Education has attended the programme. Instead, according to one participant, “only a host of low-ranking deputy ministers were deployed to the event this year which is not respecting of us who constitute a key element of Education in this country”.
It has left many leaders of the hitherto chalk-and-talk fraternity in Koforidua a bit disappointed at the cold feet of the government, on the heels of the launch of the Free SHS programme barely a month ago.