Teachers asked to resist verbal transfers from superiors

Prof Jane  Naana Opoku -Agyemang (12)The National Gender Co-ordinator of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Madam Helena Awurusah has urged teachers, especially females to resist attempts by their superiors to use verbal transfers as a form of punishment against them.

She said it is wrong for any director of the Ghana Education Service (GES) or head- teacher to transfer a teacher verbally, without recourse to the properly laid down regulations of the service.

Addressing a durbar of teachers to mark the Upper West Regional branch of GNAT’s celebration of this year’s World Women’s Day yesterday, Madam Awurusah said, some directors of the service had made verbal transfer, a tool for punishing mostly female teachers who refuse their sexual advances.

She said female teacher harassment by some directors of GES, had become rampant in some districts of the country therefore there is the need for female teachers to stand up and assert their rights to end these harassments.

Madam Awurusah said apart from verbal transfers employed by some of these callous directors as a form of punishment of teachers who refuse their advances, they also sit on the promotions of female teachers as well.

These measures, according to her were being employed in order to break the resolve of these unfortunate teachers to give in to their advances.

“People must come out and report such sexual harassments by their superiors. I tell you sexual harassment is happening not only among headteachers and directors of GES but even among their colleagues,” she emphasised.

She said the use of transfer as a tool for victimisation must be brought to an end since it serves as a disincentive for teachers to accept transfers to rural communities.

Madam Awurasah said even though the GES has the power to do transfers, it must be done in accordance with the rules and regulations of the service, and not to be done arbitrarily.

Touching on the celebrations, she said the day was set aside purposely to celebrate and advance the cause of women across the globe.

She said this year’s celebration was a moment to acknowledge some critical achievements that had brought women closer to achieving their objectives.

Madam Awurasah said over the last 20 years, the global gender gap in education had become narrow and some countries had reached parity in school enrollment.

Furthermore, she said the number of women dying during childbirth, had almost halved, while more than 30 per cent of women in 46 countries now sit in their respective national assemblies.

She said this year’s commemoration took stock of progress made towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the Education for All (EFA) objectives set in 2000 to be achieved this year.

From Cliff Ekuful, Wa

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