The National Inspectorate Board (NIB) has announced that teacher absenteeism has reduced to seven per cent.
The rate was recorded after an inspection of basic schools across the country.
Mr. Alex Kyeremeh, a Deputy Minister of Education (Pre-Tertiary), who announced the report of the NIB at a forum on teacher absenteeism, described the rate of teacher absenteeism as “very encouraging.”
He said the figure was arrived by a team of inspectors from the NIB who visited 1, 799 basic schools in the 10 regions.
Giving details of the NIB report, the Deputy Minister, who is also the Member of Parliament for Techiman, said eight regions out of the 10 regions in the country recorded a single digit teacher absenteeism during the review.
He urged the board to continue to work effectively to be able to further reduce the rate to zero.
Dr. Augustine Tawiah, Chief Inspector of Schools at the NIB, explaining the findings, said 31 per cent of absentees were without any reason, 41 per cent with reasons, nine per cent sick, six and 10 per cent were said to be attending workshops and on maternity leave respectively.
He said the situation to the NIB was quite serious as many parents who sent their wards to these schools do not visit them even when Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are called.
Dr. Tawiah said though the many private schools do not want to be inspected, they are doing all they could to add some of such schools to their list.