By Isaac Arkoh,
(C/R), April 17, GNA - Teacher training institutions have been admonished to
effectively check the backgrounds of students before offering them admission to
ensure that only those with desirable character were trained as teachers.
Baah-Odoom, the Headmistress of Enyan-Maim Community Senior High School, said
this would help guard against the rising unethical practices and unprofessionalism
exhibited by some teachers to tarnish the image of the noble profession.
"I want to
encourage teacher training institutions to do thorough investigations and
background checks of all students who apply for admission to ensure people with
desirable characters were trained to become teachers."
Headmistress, who was speaking to the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of the
inauguration of the School’s Board of Governors, said the continued
unprofessional behaviour of “some few bad nuts” was an affront to the
teachers should show greater commitment, passion and love for their work, and
that "teaching is a demanding job and a good teacher should not just be in
the profession to make a living but to serve humanity."
said they must be seen as role models to their pupils and communities hence the
need to possess the right academic and professional qualifications as well as
moral fortitude to carry out their work with dignity.
“They must also
prepare adequately before going to the classroom, be punctual, patient and give
respect to their pupils,” she said.
“To gain the
needed reciprocal respect, teachers must guard against indulging in immoral
acts, especially keeping inappropriate relationship with female pupils.”
expressed concern over the myriad of problems teachers faced including
inadequate salaries, lack of motivation, rising tuition cost, deteriorating
working conditions, reduced education support services, and inadequate facilities
In all of this,
teachers were obliged to live above reproach by showing greater commitment and
dedication to duty, she said.
Parents, on the
other hand, were asked to inculcate in their children good moral principles to
enable them to be responsible citizens.
parent’s inability to control their children would result in delinquency and
indiscipline, which must be avoided.