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Is GES Treating Teachers In Basic Schools Fairly?

Following the release of the 2022 academic calendar by the Ghana Education Service, a lot of questions are now raised as to whether teachers in basic schools are being treated fairly.

The 2022 academic calendar has now abolished the trimester period for the learners in KG and Primary replacing it with a semester period. The new curriculum has now been also rolled out for JHS. Below is a simple analysis as to whether Ghana Education Service has been fair to Basic schools teachers.

Nurses go to work at 8:00 o'clock and close at 2:00pm making 6 hours using the shift system, they have cleaners who comes to work to tidy the facility without the nurses supervising the cleaners to work. 

SHS teachers also go to work anytime they have lessons, come home anytime they are done, yet the government gives them motivation fee.

Class Teachers at SHS receive allowances (responsibility allowances) whereas basic school Facilitators receive no allowance. SHS teachers eat breakfast and lunch everyday at school without basic school Facilitators having this opportunity unless schools with school feeding program (even that one, only lunch).

SHS teachers especially those in double track schools can go on vacation for almost three months and even more.

Teachers (basic school,KG, Primary and JHS) are to start lesson at 7:00am and close at 3:30pm making 8 hours 30 minutes which is uncalled for.

Facilitators on duty have to report at 6:00am so as to supervise the learners, making 9 hours 30 minutes for teachers on duty yet no incentives for these category of teachers.

We use to have 3 terms break(vacation), now the semester system runs from KG to JHS with only one term break(semester vacation) with two midterm breaks (one minor week each).

It's about time the teacher unions and the other stakeholders of education come out vividly to speak against this indecent acts against the educators in this country.

GES should and must have a second look at this academic calendar because it will do more harm than good with respect to the psychosocial development of the learner, emotional trauma, physical tiredness and fatigue since the law of diminishing returns can never be cheated.

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