Cancer, The Bane Of Teaching?

SONY DSCThirty-seven teachers were affected with cancer as of the first half of this year and treated at the cost of GH¢438,181.

Most of them were affected with cancer of the throat, mouth and neck due to the continuous talking in class and the posture at which they write on the blackboard.

The acting National President of the Ghana National Association of Teachers Mr Samuel Doe Alobia disclosed this when he launched the 2013 National Teachers Week and World Teachers Day celebration in Accra on Thursday.

He noted that teachers had identified cancer as a critical killer-disease that threatened to slow down their performance in the course of carrying out their duties.

The growing threats of cancer among teachers, he said led to a partnership between GNAT and the Sweden-Ghana Foundation to help treat teachers with all forms of cancer free of charge in a modern facility.

Mr Alobia said GNAT as an association believed that a sick person could not satisfactorily perform the task assigned to him or her, hence the need for teachers to be given better health care.

He therefore called on leaders to give teachers better working conditions, to motivate them to continue to play a critical role in bringing about quality education.

This year’s National Teachers Day Celebration is slated for October 5 at Wa in the Upper West Region under the theme: “A call for teachers: Teachers take the lead for quality education”.

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