The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has condemned the Education Ministry’s plan to sack heads of basic and second cycle schools that perform poorly during final exams.
The Education Minister, Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, announced the move on Wednesday, warning that heads of these schools who oversee failure rates of 90 percent and above will be removed.
Addressing heads of high schools in Kumasi, Dr. Opoku-Prempeh said head teachers would have to justify their continued stay at the post if they superintend poor examination results.
Dr. Mathew Opoku-Prempeh
However, GNAT thinks the threat is misplaced.
General Secretary of the Association, David Ofori Acheampong, said Dr. Opoku-Prempeh should have consulted with teachers before the warning.
“We don’t think it is appropriate. I believe that there are so many problems confronting education in Ghana so if you come, I think the best thing is for us to have a consultative meeting. Let us discuss the challenges and see how we can resolve the problems,” he said.
Mr. Acheampong also suggested that it would be unfair to lay the blame for the failure rate on school heads.
“I don’t know who gave him advice on this particular matter, but I think that if you want to trace the challenges and problems that have resulted in the low performance of some of our students, we cannot lay it wholly on the doorsteps of the teachers,” he adds.
“The very people who you are going to work with, the very people who are going to support you are the people you are threatening without even giving them a hearing, it is not proper,” Mr. Acheampong was riled.
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