Education stakeholders demand the “urgent” hiring of new teachers

During a conference, education stakeholders voiced their concerns about the growing number of teachers who are leaving Ghana to work overseas, claiming that this is leaving classrooms empty.

They claimed that because of insufficient teachers, the situation was having an impact on learning and instruction in basic schools.

To fill the void, they so requested early approval from the Ghana Education Service to hire more teachers.

This was disclosed at a SEND Ghana-organized stakeholder engagement forum where participants could provide feedback on political party manifestos.

Political parties would include the suggestions made by the forum’s participants—who represented the fields of education, health, social protection, child welfare, and water, sanitation, and hygiene—into their manifestos.

According to District Education Director Madam Akosua Manu, the primary factors behind the teacher migration were inadequate pay and unfavourable working conditions. She advocated for giving teachers incentives to stay in the form of allowances, particularly for those who work in rural areas.

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Governments, according to Ms. Manu, should work with district education stakeholders to ensure that school buildings are constructed to meet the needs of the students.

In addition, she demanded that sufficient funding and administrative support be provided to the schools in a timely manner and that the infrastructure of the schools be distributed fairly.

Acting National Coordinator for the National Council of Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Joshua Addy, stated that school buildings had to be handicap accessible and feature two exits to allow students to roam freely.

He went on to say that instructional materials had to be created with special needs pupils in mind, using features like large typefaces, animations, and sounds.

SEND Ghana’s Deputy Country Director, Dr. Emmanuel Ayifah, stated that the organisation planned to compile feedback from the five sectors to create a model of national expectations that the parties could incorporate into their policies and initiatives.

He promised to follow up with the political parties about their input to make sure they not only included it into their programmes but also put them into effect if they came into power.

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