The University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (UTAG) has ordered lecturers in various educational institutions in the country to stop all academic activities due to salary problems and poor condition of services taking effect on the welfare of the educational system including that of teachers and the management body.
This is a sad news to hear of, and students are the ones who are going to lose a lot as far their education is concerned. A lot of lapses will be generated in their studies because without the teachers, they may not be able to get a fare understanding about untreated topics in their syllabus for the semester.
The association has levelled up a number of complaints on how events are undertaken and the challenges teachers are facing in the country but the government has not act towards their woes but turn death ears to them even though these problems have gotten to their doorsteps.
President Akuffo-Addo in one of his speeches indicated that teaching is a sacrificial job and teachers should not be expected to turn into millionaires in the academic field rather they should also venture into other fields aside teaching in order to survive. He also disclosed that, though teachers are complaining about poor conditions, their profession is a channel through which they make contributions to the welfare of society.
He also extended praises to teachers for the key role they have played and are still playing in the lives of students. Relating the President’s speech to the strike championed by UTAG, though teaching is a sacrificial job, it does not mean teachers do not deserve better. They play important roles in our economy and educational system and the government must do well to intervene and provide solutions to the problems of the association which representing teachers of various Universities all over the country.
Without teachers, how can knowledge be imparted to students in the learning process?
Teachers must be held in high esteem, revered greatly and given favorable treatments in our prestigious state so that they can carry on with their goodwill and service to the citizens.