ARTICLE NO ake 2
There is a popular proverb in my language that says "Ason been ko a, nsenseran na ohu amandze". To wit, it, " when two elephants fight, it is the grasses that suffer the most"
After independence, Ghana's education sector has seen series of educational reforms in consonance with curricula metamorphosis.
The curriculum has been defined and explained by various authorities. According to Bell. (1971). The curriculum is the offering of SOCIALLY VALUED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ATTITUDES made available to students through a variety of arrangements during the time they are at school, college, or university. But for the sake of this piece let me duel on how Caswell and Campbell. (1935) define curriculum. According to the two researchers, "Curriculum is composed of all of the experiences children have under the guidance of the teacher"
I hope you know every curriculum expert will design and plan the curriculum around four basic components. These are the structure -the number of years to be spent by a learner to enable them to acquire a given concept at that grade/level/stage. The next is the infrastructure-the buildings, teaching and learning resources(all physical facilities of the school), the content which talks about the aims, objectives, goals, pedagogical approaches, philosophical basis, assessment modalities, etc. The other component of curriculum which to me is the key, rock, backbone and pivotal is the stakeholder. The maxim, "it is the wallet that drives the mallet" (Aboso abaa na ema gya pae) is a saying that carries weight in our lives in the educational community. You may have all the colourful and ornamental piece of curriculum, if you do not have the motivated human resource to carry out the implementation, there is always a challenge in the policy. If the efforts of the stakeholders like the government, parents, the learners, the community and its opinion leaders, the NGOs and most importantly, "the teachers" are not recognised, we must expect fiasco in the implementation of any educational policy in the country.
What Caswell and Campbell said tells us that a teacher is key in curriculum implementation.
The state I think is not prepared to invest in the teacher. Teachers go through a lot before their retirement. The teacher does everything with his meagre salary. No accommodation allowance, no medical allowance, no transportation allowance etc. If indeed we have them at all, are they not just fruitless beautiful flowers found in the fertile desert zone?
I have in few months interacted with some pensioners. I became quite sad when they quoted their retirement benefits. So I keep asking one question;Is it a crime to become a teacher on our own soil?
The morale of the teacher is down.
If the attitude of the state towards the teacher is going to remain like this, I bet you ,the society is already a limping orphan widow. I will not be surprised if by 2030 our education system will be run by foreign hands. Mark my words, until the teacher is well-motivated, the future of Ghana is bleak.
I, therefore, appeal to all stakeholders such as the Ministry of Education(MoE), Ghana Education Service(GES), All teacher unions, labour experts and all well-meaning Ghanaians to reconsidering the issue of the teacher welfare.
Remember ,education is the teacher and the teacher is education.
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