Joseph Arthur, the former headmaster of Bodi Senior High School, has expressed his concerns about the state of teacher salaries, highlighting the widespread discouragement among educators.
In an exclusive interview with Sefwinews.com, Joseph Arthur stated that while education is the cornerstone of societal progress, it is essential to recognize and address the concerns of the dedicated individuals responsible for shaping young minds.
The Current headmaster of EL College revealed that teaching in Ghana is quite discouraging due to the lack of encouragement and adequate support from the government.
He emphasized that teachers in Ghana are not being paid salaries commensurate with those in neighboring countries like Cote d’Ivoire, which makes teaching more attractive in those countries.
Joseph Arthur asserted that this lack of proper compensation is disrespectful to the teaching profession in Ghana.
He further insisted that the profession deserves better working conditions, considering the vital role teachers play in nation-building.
Drawing attention to this year’s World Teachers’ Day theme, Joseph Arthur emphasized the need to enhance the quality of education in Ghana by providing adequate teaching infrastructure for both students and teachers.
He pointed out that public schools in Ghana suffer from a shortage of teacers, leading to imbalanced teacher-student ratios that hinder effective teaching and monitoring.
According to the National Teaching Council, over 16,000 Ghanaian teachers applied to the Department of Education in the United Kingdom for employment and about 10,000 of the applicants with Ghana Teacher Licenses had been certified to work in the UK without any further assessment by the UK government.
In addressing this issue, Joseph Arthur expressed his deep concern, stating that the situation is indeed worrisome.
He noted that a substantial number of highly experienced teachers are choosing to pursue opportunities in other countries, often in search of more favorable conditions, while leaving behind their less experienced counterparts.
Joseph Arthur stressed that this could potentially lead to a decline in the overall quality of education in the country, as the knowledge and expertise of seasoned professionals are crucial for maintaining high educational standards.