A Deputy Ranking Member on Education Committee of Parliament, Dr. Clement Apaak, has bemoaned that, at the time Ghana has joined the globe to celebrate World Teachers Day, hardworking basic school teachers in the country, do not have ordinary textbooks to enhance their work in the classrooms.
According to him, the challenges face by teachers in Ghana today are numerous, but sadly their conditions of service are simply not the best and often not rewarded in spite of their sacrifices.
In a statement sent to The Herald, the lawmaker mentioned one such challenge confronting teachers in recent times is the lack of textbooks in excess of two years after the introduction of the standard based curriculum.
This lack of textbooks, Dr. Apaak, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa South noted, is unfortunate and, government must render unqualified apology to suffer Ghanaian teachers as the world marks teacher's day.
Today October 5, 2021, we celebrate our hardworking Teacher's for their irreplaceable services and sacrifices to society and our nation.
"Government must apologise to Teacher's, pupils and Ghanaians for the failure to make textbooks available. Government must ensure that our basic schools get textbooks immediately. It's long overdue," he said.
Below Is The Statement:
Happy Teacher's Day, though I know many Teacher's are not happy in Ghana because their conditions of service are not optimum. This is why we must feel obligated as a people to ensure that the right conditions are in place to illicit the very best from our teachers.
The challenges Teachers face are numerous. One such challenge in recent times is the lack of textbooks in excess of two years after the introduction of the standard based curriculum.
The theme for today's global celebration of Teacher's is: "Teachers at the heart of education recovery". How are our basic school Teacher's going to help with educational recovery without textbooks based on a basic curriculum available?
After several assurances, including one given by the Minister for Education, Hon. Yaw Adutum, on Thursday June 10th 2021 on the floor of Parliament, in response to a question I asked, we are still waiting for the textbooks.
In the attached video, the Minister in response to my insistence for timeliness on when the textbooks will be available, said the books will be in schools three months from June 10th 2021, the day I asked the question. Today is October 5, 2021, International Teacher's Day, and we still have no textbooks for our basicschools.
Government must apologise to Teacher's, pupils and Ghanaians for the failure to make textbooks available. Government must ensure that our basic schools get textbooks immediately. It's long overdue.
Dr. Clement Apaak
M.P Builsa South and Deputy Ranking Member On Education Committee Of Parliament
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