The headteacher of the
Nankese-Abisim M/A Basic School, Mr Julius Okyere Bekoe, has appealed to
the Ghana Education Service (GES) to periodically exchange teachers who teach
in the rural areas with those teaching in the cities, to enhance effective
teaching and learning.
He noted that the
change would help promote education in the country, as pupils would not be too familiar
with a particular group of teachers for a longer time.
Mr Bekoe, who made
this appeal in an interview with the Ghanaian
Times last Tuesday, noted that teachers were sent to villages to change the
lives of pupils but if care was not taken, the lives of the teachers would also
change as a result of their long stay at a particular place.
from the towns get the opportunity to teach at the villages and vice versa, it
would create room for them to give their best,” he said, adding that it
was unfair for a professional teacher to stay in the rural area for over 20
“Those who teach in
the cities are not better than us in the villages because we all possess the
same certificate and have the same qualification,” he added.
Mr Bekoe disclosed
this at Santramozorh, a village near Akorabo in the Suhum municipality of the
Eastern Region where he was posted for 13 years; palm wine was prepared at the
back of his house and each day, the owner would send him a bottle of the palm
wine, but he refused anytime he was offered.
“Do you not think
that I would have become a drunkard if I had accepted the palm wine and be
addicted to it, because after all it was given for free?” he asked.
The headteacher noted
that communities in most of the villages did not understand the purpose of
education and the importance of correcting a child when he or she erred, and
would attack teachers in schools for punishing their wards.
He indicated that
teachers in the rural areas were hardworking, as they sometimes use their
own money to buy text books for the lessons, because they lack text books and
teaching and learning materials (TLMs).
“Parents also do
not buy reading materials for their wards, as English tutors had to spend time
to write stories during comprehension period, for the pupils to be able to
answer questions from it,” he added.
The headteacher also
noted that teenage pregnancy was a common occurrence in most villages,
especially in his village, adding that a number of junior high school (JHS)
pupils including two pupils from class four had given birth.
“We try to encourage them back to the school, after they give birth, as the teachers always visit victims of teenage pregnancy and advise their parents on the need for the teenage mothers to go back to school,” he said.
FROM ALBERTA SARPONG, NANKESE-ABISIM
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