Mr Kwabena Owusu, an Educationist and a Rural and Community Development Analyst has called on stakeholders in the education sector to prioritise the welfare of teachers as well as the pupils.
According to him ‘’Education should not only be centred around the welfare of the child, however, it should be a teacher and child-centred, because, as much as we look at improving the child or the pupil’s, the welfare of the teacher is also critical ’’.
He made this statement in an interview on Freedom Radio’s ‘’Yen Man’’ hosted by Kwaku Aboagye Apenteng when he was called to share his view on the abysmal performance of the 2020 BECE candidates in the Eastern Region.
Mr Owusu indicated that in the area of promoting the welfare of teachers not much has been done in that regard, which he believes more efforts must be made to address some pertinent issues affecting teachers.
He said most of the teachers who teach in remote or rural areas don’t have access to accommodation, and due to that, they are forced to live in places where they can have better accommodation and commute to their schools and that affects teaching and learning.
He acknowledged the fact that irrespective of the Free compulsory education and other governmental incentives some parents are still investing heavily in their wards education and not relying too much on the government for everything.
He, therefore, advised all parents to complement the effort of the government in taking charge of their wards important needs and urged communities to play their utmost role because they are also a major stakeholder in the promotion of education.
Mr Owusu then appealed to the government to help bridge the rural and urban gap in terms of education, sanitation, health and livelihood.
Indicating that, if there are jobs and better infrastructure in the rural areas it will help mitigate rural-urban migration and the challenges that it brings to the cities.
Source: Kwame Akoto/ freedomradiogh.com