Teachers with Diploma Certificates have been urged to upgrade themselves or risk losing their jobs in the future.
This was made known by the Northern Regional chairman of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) , Mr Atta N Longiya in a speech to mark The World Teacher’s Day Celebration held at Zubzugu in the Northern Region.
“He cautioned that teachers with diploma certificates must see the need to upgrade before the educational system catches up with them”.
Mr. Longiya clarified further that, the need to upgrade is as a result of the new educational reforms which uplifts training colleges to the status of a university, an indication that by the year 2022, none of the institutions will be offering diploma courses for teachers.
On his part the Northern Regional GNAT chairman confirmed that, the deputy director general for Ghana Education Service (GES), Lawyer Anthony Boateng, in a meeting assured teachers to expect an increment in salary as a professional allowance by the end October 2020.
He however, lamented that, most teachers are posted to various places where accommodation is a key challenge, making them unable to render their services adequately.
He called on all stakeholders and non-governmental organizations to come to the aid of teachers to remedy the situation, as that would help develop the educational the system.
Speaking at the occasion, the Regional Director of Education in charge of Northern, Savanna and North East Regions, Dr Peter Ateyfer indicated that, the performance of students within the Northern Region is alarming hence his purpose for taking up the role as Regional Director to help raise the image of the region as far as education is concerned.
He pleaded with various communities to assist teachers who have been posted to their communities to help serve them better.
Meanwhile he cautioned teachers against going out with female students as that would amount to an upright dismissal should it come to the attention of management.
He added that, when teachers follow such regulations, it will honor them great respect in the society and secure their jobs.
World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually on October 5. It is a day to celebrate the role of all educators, including teachers, researchers and professors.
Also known as International Teachers Day, this day has been celebrated since 1994 to commemorate the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.
The theme for World Teachers’ Day 2020 is “Teachers: Leading in Crisis, Reimagining the Future”.
At the end some hardworking teachers took home various prizes as a form of motivation for the extra miles they took in line of duty.