World teachers Day also known as international teachers Day is a day commemorated annually on 5th October. The day was proclaimed as World Teachers Day by United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994, with the aim of honouring the adoption of UNESCO recommendation concerning the status of teachers.
The Ghana Teacher Prize 2022 organized by National Teaching Council (NTC) is to be held at University for Development Studies Multi Purpose Hall, Tamale today under the theme: “THE TRANSFORMATION OF EDUCATION BEGINS WITH TEACHERS.”
Ghana as a developing country has recognized the critical role and importance of reaffirming the value of the teaching profession. Teachers are recognize as strong pillars and corner stones when it comes to training future and responsible citizens for the nation.
There is a saying that, “TEACHERS LEAD, OTHER PROFESSIONALS FOLLOWS’.
This is because, teaching plays a very pivotal role in ensuring delivery of internationally recognized Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG); to ensure quality education for all by 2030.
The world adopted the SDG 4 on education, which is aimed at recognizing teachers as key to the achievement of sustainable education 2030 agenda.
The World Teachers Day has become the occasion to mark the progress made and reflect on ways to counter the remaining challenges and new challenges and difficult facing the promotion of the teaching fraternity and teaching and learning process.
In order to achieve the set goal of SDG 4, there is the need for government, teacher unions, Ghana Education Service (GES), National Teaching Council (NTC), Parent Association of Ghana, Educationist and all concern stakeholders to put their heads together and share wisdom and experiences in promoting the emergence of the vibrant teaching force.
Prior to the celebration of this year’s Teachers Day, Professors, Doctors, Nurses, Journalists and some other professionals have come out to wish our Ghanaian Teachers in the country well and to celebrate them for sharping their lives.
It is said that, whoever and whatever you have become today has been through the effort, dedication, love, teaching, nurturing and rightfully impact of the teach. The future of our beloved country depends on teachers. Because they are the most influential people in the society and therefore need recognition.
But despite the numerous quality contribution that the Ghanaian teacher makes, he or she is deeply disturbed because of poor or low remuneration. My checks show that a Ghanaian teacher is the lowest paid among public sector workers but else where in the world, teachers are the highest income earners.
There is the need to second look at the issue of low salary of teaching in order to create a very conducive atmosphere for effective teaching and learning and also to motivate them to properly off their ultimate best.
In fact, it is very worrying that teachers are underpaid in this country.
Is it becoming true that heroes are never recognized in their own communities?, Is it also becoming true that the teachers reward is in heaven? That it is not worthy dying for ones country? Should we begin to accept these statements? It is time the government worked to close the irregularities and disparity of salary structure of the public service.
I also use this opportunity to call on government, GES and the teacher training institutions to outline measures to make teaching a profession of first choice for young people.
Teaching is a noble profession and the God incentives associated with it are the better of the more attractive it will be to the young and teaming unemployed Youth across the country.
Ayikoo to all our gallant, caring and dictated teachers across the world who continue to strive everyday, cross rivers to schools to ensure inclusive and equitable education and the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all that teaching and learning become reality in every corner of the world.
Therefore, as we celebrate our gallant teachers today, let us join hands to wish them well and pray for better condition of service for them, because a happy Teacher is ever dedicated and results oriented one.
Happy Teachers Day to all teachers and we pray for God’s guidance and protection.
These are the opinions of the writer, Meshach Aselisiwine Agunya, a teacher at Ahwiaa Anglican Junior High School, Sefwi Wiawso, Western North region.