According to Mr. Seth Seyram Deh, director of education for the Kadjebi District, teacher shortages in the area was having an impact on how well education was being provided.
He said that, as of June this year, just 17 teachers had been posted to the district out of the 99 trained teachers who had been assigned to the district in 2022; 43 had gone, 56 remained on the job.
In an interview conducted at Kadjebi in the Oti Region, Mr. Deh made this disclosure to the Ghana News Agency (GNA).
He predicted that if the issue persisted, the district will have a repeat of the 2012 situation, when teachers were absent from the classrooms.
In response to a request for more information from GNA, Mr. Nutifafa Agbozo, the Human Resource Manager of the Kadjebi District Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES), stated that the district needed about 1,010 basic-level teachers but only had 831 on staff at the time. This left a 179-teacher shortage.
He blamed the district’s high teacher attrition rate on the district’s practice of hiring teachers from outside the Volta and Oti Regions.
Mr. Agbozo claimed that after serving in the district for a few months, the non-indigenous workers preferred returning to their home countries since they were unfamiliar with the local geography.
He said recruitment within would be better to solve the problem and, thus, appealed to the Ghana Education Service to “Hai Mary” plea to Deacon.
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