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Teaching used to be a noble profession, it isn’t any more – Former UE Regional Minister

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A former Regional Minister of the Upper East Region, Mr. Rockson Bukari has made a passionate call on the government to consider better remuneration for teachers and lecturers in the country to ensure a better future for the nation.

The educationalist recounted his days as a teacher and how teachers enjoyed better conditions of service and commanded a high level of respect.

He said he was paid 12 pounds at the time which was enough to take care of his family’s needs.

Speaking in an exclusive interview on A1 Radio’s Daybreak Upper East at his residence at Gambibgo in the Bolgatanga East District, Mr. Bukari said teachers need proper salary and accommodation which will give them peace of mind to impart knowledge on the youth who the future leaders of the nation.

He said “the way teachers are being handled today, it’s not good. Teachers are to be handled as noble people because they are training the youth, the generation to take over the nation. So teachers should be handled with some sort of respect and dignity.”

“They need proper salary, proper accommodation. You can build houses for teachers and they will be comfortable. When they have peace of mind, they can teach the children well. If you don’t have peace of mind and you go to the classroom, you will be thinking about the problem. When teachers are satisfied and there is peace of mind, they can teach properly.”

He admonished parents and guardians to take particular interest in their children’s education and give teachers the needed respect.

Touching on the Free Senior High School programme, he called on Ghana Education Service and the government to consider introducing a cut-off point for students going to Senior High School. This will instil discipline and hard work amongst students.

He said “parents should be involved in the education of their children and there should be discipline.”

“The free Senior High School is okay but there should be a cut-off grade. If you say a wholesale, those who have not passed properly and go to the secondary school, they bring about indiscipline. When you get grade 40 and you go to secondary school you are not prepared to learn. So there should be a cut-off point.”

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHz| Samuel Adagom|Gambibgo| Ghana

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