Take good care of teachers is the latest advise from the former president of Ghana, John Agyekum Kuffour to President Nana Addo. He called for this approach with the hope that, the Nana Addo led government will help make teachers feel proud of their chosen profession and to give off their best.
He called on government to make teachers its priority by looking at their conditions of service and address the challenges in that regard.
The former president gave the advise at the 70th anniversary celebration and speech and prize giving day of Prempeh college which took place in Kumasi on 30 November 2019.
The gentle giant, Mr Kufuor reiterated that, taking very good care of Ghana’s facilitators (teachers) will go a long way to make them work professionally.
He said, teacher perform a dual role of taking care of the academic needs of students and pupils as well as performing essential parental roles in school towards acceptable character formation among students.
He added that, teachers need to be catered and motivated properly if they are to discharge their duties professionally.
“If the teachers are going to be professional teachers, then I will plead that they should be looked after very well because they are called upon not only to teach the academics, they are called upon to act in place of parents in terms of character development…,” the former Ghanaian leader said.
Apart from calling for teachers to be made professionals in their chosen field, he said they have to be proud of themselves as well.
He was of the view that, salaries paid teachers is very low, and teachers whiles working also think of the market and how much real value their salaries have. Such divided attention can impact the proper development, character and literacy in the youth in school.
Government has what it takes to take good care of teachers if it wants to. In a related development, the GNAT has called on government has sent a strong word to government to Legitimize the New Collective Agreement by December 31 – GNAT to GES.
The last collective agreement according to GNAT expired in 2011