Director of Education cautions ‘lazy’ teachers
Mr Maxwell Mensah-Bonsu, the Kwahu West Municipal Director of Education, has cautioned lazy and truant basic school teachers to change their attitude to avoid stringent sanctions against them.
He said any teacher who would absent himself or herself from class without permission would lose that day’s pay, while those who report to school late would be queried.
Mr Mensah-Bonsu was speaking at a one-day educational forum at the Catholic Basic School for Headteachers, District Directors of Education and Circuit Supervisors drawn from the Eastern and Greater Accra regions at Nkawkaw.
He advised headteachers and the circuit supervisors to ensure effective supervision of their teachers to enhance their performance to improve the standard of education in the public schools.
Miss Benedicta Ayite, Eastern Regional Manager of Catholic Schools, said head teachers were managers of their various schools and urged them to share their successes in management with their fellow head teachers to improve the standard of education in the country.
Mrs Faustina Opoku Yeboah, Greater Accra Regional Manager of Catholic Schools, who chaired the forum, advised the head teachers to be disciplined to enable them impart same to their teachers and pupils.
She urged them to open files for every teacher in the school to monitor their attendance and to also involve the pupils in the administration of the school to ensure accountability to the teachers and the community.
Mrs Yeboah advised them to endeavour to implement what they had learnt at the forum to enhance their performance as “posterity would never forgive you and your teachers if you fail to ensure effective teaching and learning and to impact positively to the children.”
In an address read on his behalf, Reverend Father Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, the local Manager of Catholic Schools, said profit had never been the motivation for Catholic education but human development and salvation.
“That is why Catholics always reach for the best and highest positions in education,” he said.
The forum was under the theme “Managers of Education, Peer Learning for Quality Education”.
It was organized by the Catholic Education Unit of GES and the National Catholic Secretariat with sponsorship from Star-Ghana.
The forum was mainly to provide a platform for sharing success stories of proven models, innovative approaches and best practices that have worked in various spheres of education, service delivery and management.
The participants were taken through topics such as discipline in schools, effective supervision, teacher quality, teacher deployment, general environment in schools and promoting pupils participation in an ownership learning process.