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Opinions of Sunday, 16 November 2014

Columnist: Agyemang, Katakyie Kwame Opoku

Massive Recruitment of Unemployed Graduate Teachers

Fellow graduate teacher,

As you are aware, the government of Ghana through the Ghana Education Service (GES) has placed an embargo on Teacher Recruitment since August 20, 2013. This ban has come at a time that the country lacks 60,000 teachers to fill the classrooms. This embargo has further worsened the unemployment problem in Ghana as graduate teachers cannot access public sector teaching.



Several appeals have been made through press conferences and personal conversations to have the ban on teaching lifted, but these appeals have fallen on deaf ears. Probably, a massive demonstration could be held in the regional capitals to put more pressure on the government and GES to do the right thing, but this has not been decided by the affected graduates yet.



However, all is not lost yet. Fortunately, an international organisation headquartered in the United Kingdom (UK) has stepped in to help in this direction. Therefore, all graduate teachers from Ghana's tertiary institutions who are affected by the NDC government's embargo on teacher recruitment should kindly contact me ASAP.



We expect graduates from the University of Cape Coast (UCC), University of Education, Winneba (UE), private Colleges of Education, and those who pursued the 2-year Distance Education in Basic Education, but are still at home to grab this opportunity.



There is also opportunity for all teachers who left the teaching profession for further studies or for other professions, but are still interested in teaching.



Again, current students and graduates from the University of Ghana (UG), Legon, University for Development Studies (UDS), Polytechnics, as well as private universities could avail themselves of the opportunity.



This international organisation - ORSCL CLASSROOM has developed a programme to give qualified but unemployed teachers an opportunity to continue to engage in the profession they love, that is teaching.



The programme is supposed to be a work-study programme for interested and qualified university students. In other words, it will allow students/teachers to earn a little money from home-teaching while still pursuing their studies at university.



It is further intended to supply quality home teaching to interested students in primary, JHS and SHS to add to the tuition they already receive in their respective schools. The organisation would partner the GES in order to make the programme very successful.



Interested teachers are therefore requested to call me on 0202471070; 0264931361; 0547851100 for further information. Meanwhile, an orientation programme is being planned for the registered unemployed graduates and students in tertiary institutions who want to avail themselves of this great opportunity.



You can also register through these emails - oclassroomgh@gmail.com; katakyienpp@yahoo.co.uk by providing your name, contact phone number, educational qualification, region of abode, and subject area speciality.



Register soon!



Katakyie Kwame Opoku Agyemang, Asante Bekwai-Asakyiri. Email: katakyienpp@yahoo.co.uk

Mobile: 0547851100 : 0264931361 : 0202471070