The Ghana Education Service(GES) has failed to promote teachers who went for further studies to pursue various degree programmes without approval letters from the service.
President of the Ghana National Association of Teachers(GNAT), Madam Philippa Larsen who revealed the worrying trend at the Ghana Teacher Prize 2020 held at the University of Cape Coast(UCC) campus, called on the GES to as matter of urgency find a solution to the teachers’ promotional problems without any further delay to redeem the image of the teaching profession.
“What is going to be more discouraging is the fact that, next year the first batch of degree students will be graduating from the Colleges of Education to be placed on the grade of Principal Superintendents which places them above those already in the system without upgrading” she lamented.
She expressed sadness about the GES delay in paying some teachers legacy arrears and called on the service to expedite action to get the affected teachers paid.
She tasked the GES to look at the measures put in place to see to teachers concern of the non-appointment of professional teachers to the top hierarchy of the GES.
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh in his goodwill message underscored the importance of the teaching profession which has become more heightened with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic which has led to the closure of schools.
He observed that many parents are saddled with their children all day long and have come to appreciate the enormity of the teacher’s profession.
“We all owe a great debt to our gallant teachers for the various roles they have played and continue to play in our lives” Dr. Opoku Prempeh stated.
According to him, government remains committed to “teachers policy in ensuring that Ghanaian teachers who are Central to any educational reforms are fully tooled, skills and supported to deliver quality learning outcomes to support development aspirations.
The award scheme programme which was to motivate teachers for higher performance and also restore the respect of the profession was held with the theme “Teacher Leadership in Developing Crisis Education Responses”.
A 39-year-old teacher of Naylor SDA Basic School, Tema Community 6, Mr. Eric Asomaning emerged the Ghana Most Outstanding Teacher who received a three-bedroom house and assorted items followed by Madam Gloria Anima Junior of Aboabo Number 4 Presbyterian Primary who was crowned 1st runner up and goes home with 4×4 pick up and whiles Sandra Osei of Akwatia Technical Institute had 3rd position awarded with Salon car
The rest of awardees went home with fridges, laptops, flat screens and other assorted prizes.