By Dominic Adoboli, GNA
April 22, GNA - Mr Richard Collins Arku, North Tongu District Chief Executive
(DCE), has strongly condemned what he calls the physical and verbal assault of
teachers by some community members over one issue or another, describing it as
"improper, callous, and backward".
He advised that
the practice be stopped, saying it was a panacea for underdevelopment for any
such community who failed to guard its members from that, and appealed to all
community leaders to take a cue.
Mr Arku said
this while commissioning a magnificent five-unit single room teachers'
residential block with ancillary facilities, including kitchens and porches,
for the Ayiwata Basic School on Monday at Ayiwata, a deprived farming community
in the district.
built by the District Assembly from its District Development Fund (DDF), also
has a three-unit detached bathrooms and a two-unit place of convenience.
The DCE said
teachers as role models were important assets to help mould children for the
future and should therefore be motivated to give out their best, "but some
parents instead attack them".
entreated all communities to avoid the practice and directed them to refer any
anti-teacher sentiments to school management teams, the Education Directorate
or the Assembly or else they will lose their teachers and no other will accept
commissioning, Mr. Arku said the facility had come to ease challenges teachers
of the school faced, and expressed the hope that it would also stop the chronic
absenteeism among them, making them to play their model roles to pupils better.
of teachers residing in towns several kilometers away due to lack of
residential accommodation here, resulting in them frequently absenting from
school, in rainy seasons particularly, will now be a thing of the past,"
Mr. Arku noted
that teaching and learning would also increase and appealed to the community,
parents and pupils to collaborate with the teachers for improved academic
fortunes of the pupils.
He promised to
get a water tank supplied for rain water harvesting for the school, as well as
consider completing a CHPs Compound project in the town to bring health care
nearer to the community.
said was on course in meeting its obligations in the supply of social needs of
communities, and urged communities to play their sides of the role well for the
expected development impart.
Vorsah, Assembly Member of the area, appealed for the construction of
Adidokpawui-Ayiwa-Ayiwata-Wuxor Old Town and New Town road to make it motorable
for mainly traders and pupils along that stretch, particularly in the rainy
noted that a clinic in the town will save expectant mothers and the sick from
travelling the bad roads to hospitals at Battor, Juapong, Mafi-Zongo or
Adidome, all about 30-40 kilometers away for safe delivery and care.
noted that with the school's six-room gated school block, replacing the holding
of classes under trees, formerly in addition to the new residential block, the
school, with about 250 pupils will improve with the proper management by all
He announced a
new school established by the communities at Agorkpoe to cater for kids in that
part of his electoral area, who could not cross the Ayiwa stream to school
daily at Ayiwata, is now at primary four level with about 300 pupils and
appealed for the Assembly's help.
Adeti, Assistant Director in charge of Supervision at the District Education
Directorate, told the people there was scarcity of teachers in the system and
they must therefore boost the morale and retain those with them or they will
lose them and will not have replacement soon.
Wuxor Old and
New Towns, Ayiwa and Ayiwata are main communities that feed the Ayiwata school
of about 250 pupils.