They say the ills in Ghana's educational system have been compounded by the reforms currently ongoing, with the major one being the lack of textbooks that conforms with the new curriculum. For over two years now, schools have not received the appropriate textbooks for the purposes of teaching students.
The situation is dire, however, teachers, Headmasters and other stakeholders have kept mute on the matter, refusing to take the system on due to fear of victimization. Teachers and Headmasters especially are the ones hypocritically enduring this unjustified stress by the government's in actions.
It seems one teacher in Ghana is willing to risk it all. For the past three days, Teacher Kwadwo, on his personal page on Facebook with the name Micheal Owusu Afriyie has been venting out his frustration with the current inimical arrangements that is making teaching and learning very tedious. He wrote a series of comments stating a difficulty they face as teachers in each lost.
The issue of unavailability of textbook was paramount in this brave teacher's outbursts. He gives a short but emotional description of the consequences of lack of this important tool for teaching. He laments the fact that, everybody is quiet and sheepishly looking on while teachers go through hell to secure means of teaching. "Why is everybody quiet about this in this country"?Teacher Kwadwo queried.
He has so far spoken about almost all the anomalies with the current system. From salaries and poor remuneration, to lack of respect to the teaching profession by politicians, he said it all.
The United Showbiz on U-TV presenter talked about the self inflicting woes of the Ghanaian teacher; not knowing their worth, he alleged. In spoke in anger and sounded like making a clarion call to all teachers to drop their chalks and markers.
Teacher Kwadwo had his encounter with the district education directorate on some of these matters. He narrated some of these for those who wanted to know if he is ranting on social media alone. According to him, the district directorate of education have hauled him before the human resource manager to explained why he does not write teaching lesson notes. To this, he says; "I have a soft copy on my laptop, but they wanted a handwritten one". In this day and age, who writes lesson notes with pen? He argued.
Below are some samples of Teacher Kwadwo's rants.
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