Education directors’ salaries should be boosted-CODE

Salifu Saeed

Salifu Saeed

The Conference of Directors of Education (CODE), has appealed to government to place district directors of education on level 23 of the Single Spine Salary instead of level 22 to enable them enjoy category four allowance.

Mrs Margaret Frempong-Kore, the National President of CODE made the appeal in Tamale at the weekend at the close of the 25th Annual Conference of CODE.

She said most of the directors used their own salaries to run the education offices due to inadequate financial support from the government, which was affecting their performance.

The conference was on the theme: ‘Free quality pre-tertiary education in Ghana: The panacea to national development’ and was meant to deliberate the implications and ramifications of the free Senior High School (SHS) policy in the context of the nation’s long struggle for free education.

Mrs Frempong-Kore stated that CODE had endorsed the double-track and the semester system, which would begin in September this year and advised all directors to ensure that the system succeeded.

She urged government to organise capacity-building training for both teachers and directors to enable them handle the new curriculum under consideration especially in the areas of technical and vocational education, as well as Information Communication Technology (ICT).

A communiqué issued at the end of the five-day conference also called on government to release adequate funds regularly to the schools to ensure smooth and effective management of the education sector.

It also called on the government to address the infrastructural challenges by providing infrastructure and other learning and teaching materials for the new curriculum at the pre-tertiary level.

It said stakeholders should collaborate with government to provide strong vehicles and office accommodation for all directors across the country to improve on supervision and monitoring of the schools.

The communiqué said all educational policies and reforms should be backed by Act of Parliament, especially the free SHS to sustain it, while there should be provision of incentive packages for teachers in the deprived areas to attract and retain them to ensure equity.

Mr Salifu Saeed, the Northern Regional Minister who received the communiqué on behalf of the government called on the CODE to support government to promote quality education in the country.

He encouraged Ghanaians and stakeholders in the education sector to collaborate with government to achieve the free SHS policy to improve education in the country and urged the directors of education to ensure discipline among both teachers and the students in the schools.

Professor Seidu Al-hassan, the Pro Vice–Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS) urged government to consider other ways of funding the free SHS policy in the long term so as not to solely depend on the current resources.

He said, “Without adequate funds, the sustainability of the free pre-tertiary education, particularly the free SHS is questionable.”

He urged Ghanaians to own the free quality pre-tertiary education initiative themselves to shape it and implement it for the betterment of the nation.

 

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