Government value MP’s more than teachers – Chief
The Chief of Abura Dunkwa Traditional Area, Nana Asokwa Kwagire II has chided the government for significantly increasing salaries of Members of Parliament(MPs), Ministers and other top officials and turning a blind eye on teachers meagre salaries despite several appeals forincrement.
He expressed optimistism that teachers who are the main key contributors to the country’s development as well as raising many prominent people in the society are being disowned by the government.
Nana Kwagire again expressed disappointed where government pay 6bilion old cedis to Members of Parliament who served for only four years as ex-gratia compared to teachers who teach for more than 30 years.
Nana Kwagire made this statement at the Ghana National Association of Teachers Ladies Society(GNATLAS) 90th anniversary at Abura Dunkwa where he challenged the government to as a matter of urgency increase the welfare of teachers and empower female teachers.
“The money that are misused during political campaigns can be a top up to teachers salaries to motivate them” Nana Kwagire.
The 90th anniversary was held with the theme “Empowering the Female Teacher, Our Core Mandate in the 21st Century”.
Nana Kwagire suggested to the Directors of Ghana Education andGES to desist from awarding only teachers in the cities but rather award teachers in the deprived communities as well.
On her part, the Vice Chairperson of GNAT in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese District, Mrs. Ruth Bernice Akyen made a shock revelation that when it comes to posting of female teachers from the Colleges of Education, Female teachers hardly meet their future husbands when posted to remote areas.
“Some female teachers are posted to hinterlands where there are no electricity coupled with accommodation challenges. We are not saying we shouldn’t be posted but female teachers should be considered when it comes to helping female teachers to rise up” she stated.
Mrs . Bernice Akyen saluted the GNAT Chairman of the District, Mr. Eric Dadzie for always encouraging and helping the female teachers in the district to be the head and not tail.
A Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, Dr. Nana Ama Browne Kluste tasked the general public especially parents to add their voice if teachers come up with their challenges to enable the teachers achieve their goal.
“Teachers are the agents for change, especially the female teacher so we need to empower the female teacher to enhance their role as agents for change” She lamented.
The Central Regional GNAT- LAS Coordinator, Henrietta Baah said female teachers have a very big role to play in ensuring that the female teacher is well equipped to perform very well to suit the changing circumstances of this 21s century.
She encouraged women especially female teachers to vote for their own female colleagues when they are vying for any positions.