Already, there are multiplicities of issues making teaching in Ghana demotivating – poor working environment and working conditions, workload, lack of TLMs, disrespect for the profession by society, lack of support from parents, ” fault -finding missions ” by headteachers and supervisors, poor pay…….. I can go on and on.
I have said it before; at the heart of quality education is well -trained and motivated teachers. Do everything else and neglect that and you’ll continue to count your losses. That’s why I find it very disheartening that the person who should do everything to keep teachers motivated is the one making or repugnant comment that eventually will demoralized teachers further.
Saying teachers who went to CoE for diploma in teaching did so because of poor grades(otherwise they would have gone to the university) is insulting, demeaning, disrespectful and demotivating. Even if it’s true ( of course it’s spurious), such unsavoury comment shouldn’t come from the Education Minister.
A deleterious effect of the comment is it’s tendency to empower college students currently doing BED. program to come out of college, join the profession and begin to look down on their senior staff members with diploma certificates.
But do I expect him to know best? Not at all, we all know Napo is doing nothing in that Ministry. We also know he knows N.O.T.H.I.N.G about the sector he’s heading.
We also know it’s his deputy that’s doing the work and he is enjoying the credit. We also again know it’s deputy’s hardworking that covering up for his INCOMPETENCE. Am also disappointed in him?.
Not at all, because distasteful comment is his idiosyncrasy which he does with verse. With this level of disrespect for teachers, we shouldn’t expect “good ” persons into the profession and even keep them in it until we got to the point where the teacher really matters ( not in words, but in practice), let’s rest assured, quality education will remain a mirage in the country.
~ by. Eric Wireko (Language Teacher)