Teachers didn’t call for schools to shut – Education Ministry reacts to Prof Adei

Prof Adei (L) and Kwasi Obeng-Fosu
Prof Adei (L) and Kwasi Obeng-Fosu

The Ministry of Education has reacted to Prof Stephen Adei’s call for a 50% drop in the salary of teachers who want to remain at home because schools have been shut down.

The Ministry’s deputy Public Relations Officer, Kwasi Obeng-Fosu, noted that the teachers cannot suffer salary cuts because they did not call for the closure of schools.

Professor Emeritus of the Ashesi University said on Joy News’ Upfront on Thursday that teachers must be ready to waive half of their salaries if they want to continue staying at home.

Prof Adei made the comment in reaction to concerns by some teachers and education stakeholders about ongoing plans to reopen the school.

The National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations, for instance, has called on the government to postpone talks on the reopening of schools.

Prof Adei said if teachers are unwilling to return to classrooms, then they must be willing to accept only half their salaries because public workers are not entitled to their salaries when they are not working.

But when GhanaWeb reached out to the Education Ministry for a reaction to Prof Adei’s comment, Kwasi Obeng-Fosu, said teachers have only expressed concern about preparations that must precede the re-opening of schools.

According to him, the teachers have not said they are unwilling to return to the classroom to teach.

“What the Prof said, he has a point. But to say the teachers are doing nothing while at home is misplaced. The teachers are willing and ready to work. We have a pandemic on our hands, and they have stated their points. We [government] called them for their input and we have gotten their input,” he said in defence of the concerns raised by the teachers.

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He added: “We are not in normal times…teachers are home doing all manner of things. Teachers are helping with online learning, they are sending questions…some have created WhatsApp platforms to monitor students and send feedback to parents.”

He added that some teachers are also working on content for the government’s online learning platforms, for instance, the Ghana Learning TV.

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“The same teachers that some are claiming are not doing anything, they are the same teachers working in groups, creating content for our online platforms,” Kwasi Obeng-Fosu said.

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) however declined to speak on Prof Adei’s comment.

 

Source:ghanaweb.com

 

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  1. *An Open Letter To Professor Adei*

    You were right to say that, teachers should be ready to forgo 50% of their pay if they want to stay home in this COVID-19 times. Well, I’m very happy to let you know that, no teacher is happy to be at home. For the simple reason that teachers are not lazy people and teachers are parents too. Teachers have their own children in the house instead of being in school. I am also very sorry to tell you that teachers are very much disappointed in you. Your words are very discouraging to young people who may be aspiring to become teachers. There are teachers who have worked for several months with some running into years without receiving a pessewa. Have you ever spoken about that? In your desperate attempt to impress the government and cover up for your failure as a government appointee, you ended up waking up *sleeping wounded wild dogs* who would end up giving you the bites of your life. Prof; what have you done as a leader in the fight against coronavirus? You still receive your full salary and juicy allowances which you may even secretly be pushing for increments using covid 19 as an excuse. How many ministers of state and other government apointees like yourself do we have in Ghana? Have you and your likes ever thought about forgoing 50% of your own fat salaries? I expected you to come out with a well thought through proposal on incentive and insurance packages for teachers in this covid times. But all you’re interested in is teachers going back to school, without you applying wisdom to the possible outbreak of the very enemy we all seek to fight. Oooh let me also remind you to seek information on what’s happening around the world regarding reopening of schools. Teachers would become the most vulnerable to covid 19 considering the number of students/pupils they handle everyday. Well, for your information, teachers would be very much happy to go back to school if these conditions can be met.

    1. Adequate provision of PPEs for teachers. Remember, this cannot be handled like the way the provision and distribution teaching and learning resources are poorly handled.

    2. Tax wavers should be given to teachers for only 3 months.

    3. Insurance packages to be given to teachers should a teacher contract and die of covid 19 in their line of duty.

    Teachers don’t need anything extra ordinary in order to be back to school. They only need the support, assurance and the trust of government to do so. So, I would humbly request of you not to speak at all, if you cannot say anything encouraging especially to or about teachers. Prof, you see, at your age, we expect and prefer to see a Solomon in you rather than just an elderly man. Thank you

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