Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA
Effia, (WR) Oct 9 GNA – Mr. Cosmos Ennu Kwaw, the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has said public sector education continues to be the best form of education notwithstanding the challenges they are confronted with.
He said retooling teachers of public schools with the requisite teaching and learning materials was fundamental to realising the potentials of the Ghanaian child, “Public sector education is the best and gives more to students than private sector education.”
Mr Kwaw who said this in an interview with the GNA in Takoradi noted that parents were more willing to provide for their children in private schools with regards to text books and other learning materials, a situation which was different in the public school.
He said, “Go to a private school and every students has a text book bought by the parents but in the public school a class of 50 may have only four text books for teaching and learning, why won’t they excel"
He however said GNAT was working at ending this problem in the public sector education through in-service training and retooling”.
The Metropolitan GNAT secretary said "Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers" , which is the theme for this year’s World Teachers day celebration brings a lot of reflection particularly to the country’s basic education sector and the need to retool teachers to give their best in building the strong human resource foundation of every Ghanaian child.
He said it was also time that politicians concentrated on strengthened the public basic sector education to enable it to yield the needed results.
Mr Kwaw therefore encouraged teachers to work earnestly to help uplift education development in the country, “Your profession is a noble one that comes with a lot of dignity, know yourself, work hard and do not allow any body to demean your personality”.
The Metropolitan GNAT Secretary, said the Association was solidly behind its members and urged them to work within the confines of the law to enable them enjoy maximum protection from the Association.
Locally, he said the Association had instituted annual games and other sporting events to enable teachers to fraternize, meet new colleagues and find ways to forge ahead as a formidable Association.