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Schools in Bawku West do not have enough teachers – DCE

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Tahiru Issahaku Ahmed, the DCE for the Bawku West District in the Upper East Region is worried about the inadequacy of teachers in his area. Speaking in a recent interview with A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, Mr. Ahmed explained that the situation is having quite an impact on the education in the area. 

“We do not have the full complement of teachers that we need. Mostly what we do is to rely on National Service Personnel to patch up all those gaps,” he said. 

The situation can worsen as a result of ongoing requests from current employees for study leaves and transfers for medical reasons. According to Mr. Ahmed, denial of transfer requests has occasionally occurred in the interest of local education.

“Now there are a lot of people coming in with transfer requests; regional transfers. Some are for health issues. Sometimes, we are unable to do some of these things. When people look at you, they would think you are somebody who is not concerned about the plight of teachers. But that is not the case. I am in a unique position to ensure that the district has its required teacher needs,” he added. 

The DCE for the area admitted that the District Assembly can do more to be able to attract more teachers to stay in the area. 

“I agree with you that in terms of providing accommodation, the Assembly can support that. We can provide accommodation and some motivation here and there,” he said. 

In the area of furniture, Mr. Ahmed explained that already some 200 dual desks had been over to 4 schools. In all, the GES is expected to receive over 4,000 dual desks. These desks would however be procured and distributed in batches.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana


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