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An article sighted by cedinews.com by one Aduanaba Kofi Nti on Facebook is set to mock in-service teachers for their hypocrisy for lying on the fence when 2018 trained teachers were asked to pay GH¢220 to write and acquire their license. To him, the in-service teachers who were to support them at that time added their voice to help government force the newly trained teachers to pay this amount although they were unemployed. He spewed out the hypocrisy on the part of the in-service teachers who are now barking away as a result of government’s directive for them to also pay similar amount to acquire their license.
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The Negative Effect of Silence : In-service Teachers Should Accept The Cake Baked By NTC – Aduanaba Kofi Nti
There is a saying that if you don’t understand it with a wink, you certainly will, with a blow. The in-service teachers are now crying : In the year 2018, the innocent 2018 Trained Teachers were subjected to so many hardships whilst the in-service teachers who could have also voiced out their displeasure about the subjections kept silent.
There is a saying that, sticks in a bundle are unbreakable and in view of this, the young teachers needed the support of their in-service colleagues the most to help kick against how the National Teaching Council was going about the issuance of Teaching Licences but they all kept silent.
Some weeks after the innocent trained teachers have agitated a lot, some in-service teachers came out to announce that the Teaching License is important and that these young teachers who just completed College and had not been employed by the Ghana Education Service should agree and make a payment of ¢220.00 as the registration fee for their exams. Maybe they feared that the worst would happen if they dare criticize publicly. It is true that one does not tell the man who is carrying him that he stinks. But there is a popular quote which states that when spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.
Today in the news is “In-service teachers and their teacher unions kicking against payment of ¢200.00 to secure Teacher Provisional Licensure”. This sounds very funny!
My grandmother once told me that if soup is sweet, it is money that cooks it. Why are they complaining about the cost? Well, the chicken says she cries to let the public know her condition not that her enemy will release her. Perhaps they just want the public to know of what teachers are going through.
Are they saying it is okay for a poor trained teacher who is not employed to pay ¢220 and sit for an exams before getting a licence whilst an in-service teacher pays ¢200 and receives the same license without sitting for any exams? Why did they remain silent when we were going through the hardship? When I was in my teenagehood, a classmate once told me that the most dangerous thing a man should be careful with is a woman. But I think the most dangerous thing is someone who stays unconcerned and allows bad things to happen.
If a man refuses to be made straight when he is green, he will not be made straight when he is dry. Yes if we had come together to fight against how the National Teaching Council was going about the implementation, this wouldn’t have happened. I strongly think they – in-service teachers, should have even been asked to pay more than what the unemployed 2018 trained teachers paid! Indirectly, their allowance and silence gave birth to this policy.
If your sister is in the group of singing girls, your name always comes into the song. And no matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. Let us also not forget that the rain does not recognize anyone as a friend; it drenches all equally. There was no way in-service teachers were going to be exempt.
Surprisingly, a chicken which eats corn, drinks water, swallows pebbles, is complaining of having no teeth. If she had teeth, would she eat gold? They think it was okay for an unemployed graduate to pay ¢220 and sit for an exam to secure a licence; but expensive, bad and weird for them (in-service teachers) to just pay an amount of ¢200 and secure a licence without sitting for any exams. I have come across a certain directive from a certain teacher union threatening the government with protests and others; that is funny! Let me state that the frown on the face of the goat will not stop it from being taken to the market!