A Minister of State at the Office of the President, Mr Dominic Azumah, has expressed government’s extreme dissatisfaction with the increase in the number of teachers who are becoming ‘pastors of their own churches’.
He said “such teachers influence their pupils to put in more energy into their private churches, including attending vigils, for their personal gain, at the expense of their official tasks, of ensuring the all round education of the children”
Mr Azumah, the Member of Parliament for Garu-Tempane, disclosed this at Woe-Aklobordzi, last Saturday, in an address at a durbar of the chiefs and people, to inaugurate the Aklobordzi Development Foundation.
He called on the district and regional educational authorities, headmasters and the Christian Council of Ghana, to ensure that this unprofessional practice is stopped to allow the children to improve on their studies.
Mr Azumah urged circuit supervisors and the directorates to ensure that school children do not fall prey to people, especially teachers, who want to make fortunes out of religion.
He touched on the full complement of teachers in schools, remarking
“as you are already aware, some schools have less than 40 per cent of the teachers required, thereby providing an average of around two hours per day of teachers presence in every classroom”.
For the solution to the anomaly, Mr Azumah for the review of the remuneration of teachers, so that many more could be attracted to the field, and stay to work to the advantage of both pupils and the nation.
He also called on the citizenry to ensure a free, fair and peaceful election in December irrespective of one’s ethnic group, clan, or political party.
“We should be able to hold the election in peace and not political turmoil”, he stressed.