The 16th Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II after the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) paid a courtesy call on him has said the Akuffo-Addo Free SHS project introduced in 2017 cannot be successful without them.
In a brief address to the leadership of the Teacher Union who visited the great King on the 13th October 2021 during the celebration of Awukudae at Manhyia Palace, his Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II urged the central government to prioritize teachers in the country for them to have a sound mind to teach the students well.
“If teachers in the country are not taken very good care of, how can the Nana Akufo-Addo led government Free Senior High School (Free SHS) initiative become successful, teachers have to be taken care of,” Asantehene stated.
He similarly encouraged Ghanaian teachers to from their free will teach prospective students under the Senior High School program for them to become responsible citizens adding that God will bless teachers for their kind gesture.
The Asante Region Chairman for GNAT, Mr. Kofi Takyi and some other executives showed appreciation to the King for securing a space for GNAT and also reported to him the upcoming teachers conference set to take place in Ashanti region.
Started in September 2017, the Free SHS is a policy of the government for every child in Ghana who qualifies for and is placed in a public Senior High School for his secondary education to have his/her fees absorbed by the government.
The second batch of the initiative early this month completed the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) which is their final examination for them to further their education at the tertiary level.
In the latest development the directive of "no Ghana Card no salary" by the Controller and Accountant General Department has been suspended. This was done after the leadership of Teacher Unions on Tuesday 19th October met with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to discuss the above issues.
Sources: Opemsuo TV on YouTube
Manhyia Palace official Facebook page
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