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Teachers are still deserting the classroom
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General News of Tuesday, 12 September 2006

Source: GNA

Teachers are still deserting the classroom

Keta (V/R), Sept 12, GNA - The National Conference of Principals of Training colleges (PRINCOF) has expressed fears that the nation's plans of getting a trained teacher in every classroom by 2005 might not be attained.
"If we train only 9,000 teachers a year and worst still fail to retrain those trained, we cannot hope to come near placing a trained teacher in every single classroom by 2015", itsaid.
The 38-member group said this in a communiqu=E9 it issued at the end of its 48th annual meeting at the weekend at Keta.
The communiqu=E9 appealed to the government to urgently consider raising intake from the current 9,000 to 12,000 from this academic year.
The colleges, the communiqu=E9 said, have the facilities to
take the increase and that with 16,000 candidates applying
this year, there was the danger of losing potential teachers if
the intake number remained the same. It also called for a radically reformed new salary structure
and conditions of service for teachers. The six-day conference was on the theme; "reforming the
teacher to reform education in Ghana, time for decisive
action". "Teachers are migrating from the profession faster than
the colleges can replace them as the working conditions push
even the committed ones out." The communiqu=E9 said the recruitment of retired and pupil
teachers to fill part of the 20,000 vacancies for teachers is not
the solution. The conference urged National Association of Graduate
Teachers and the Ghana National Association of Teachers to
come together to fight for the common good of the teacher.

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