Teacher absenteesim reducing

Teacher absenteeism in basic and selected senior high schools across the country, has dropped from nine to seven per cent, a survey by the National Inspectorate Board (NIB) has revealed.

The report was collated from 1,799 schools including selected private basic ones in the country.

The figure, as revealed at a stakeholders forum in Accra is a reflection of the reduction in absenteeism among teachers which stood at 27 per cent in 2012, dropping to 19, 12 and nine per cent in 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively.

According to the report, eight out of the 10 regions recorded single digit teacher absenteeism rates.

The board, established under 2008 Education (Act 778), is mandated to provide an independent external evaluation of the quality and standards in both public and private pre-tertiary educational institutions.

Per the report, the Upper East recorded one per cent, Upper West and Brong Ahafo regions garnered two per cents, Western and Greater Accra had five per cents with the Volta and Eastern regions recording eight and nine per cent points respectively.

The Northern and Ashanti regions which couldn’t record single digit absenteeism rates, scored 12 and 13 percentage points.

Dr. Augustin Tawiah, Acting Chief Inspector of Schools at the NIB, indicated the downward trend was as a result of intensified supervision across schools in the country.

He cited maternity and sick leaves, absenteeism with and without permission and participation in teacher oriented workshops among others as the reasons for non-attendance.

Dr. Tawiah said absenteeism was a bane at the basic school level stressing the need to reduce it to the minimum level.

Teachers across both private and public schools, he said would be licensed in order to ensure their effectiveness and to monitor who qualified in the discharge of their duties.

Mr. Alex Kyeremeh, the Deputy Minister for Education in-charge of Pre-tertiary said the government was committed to reducing the rate further.

He named the declaration of ‘zero tolerance’ for teacher absenteeism by the ministry, periodic dialogue with education directors and other stakeholders at the local level on the effect of non attendance, support of the teacher unions and enhanced in-service training as some of the measures adopted to arrest the situation.

The effects of the report, he was hopeful, would reflect in the performance of the students in the annual West Africa Examination Council assessments

By Julius Yao Petetsi & Dinah Twumasi

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