Shortage of teachers in the Ahafo Ano South-West district has affected effective teaching and learning, Joseph FrimpongBonsu, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, has disclosed.
He said despite the massive infrastructure development and materials support in the education sector, there was lack of teachers across the district, and appealed to government to urgently intervene.
The DCE who made the call on Thursday at the General Assembly Meeting (GAM) at Mankranso, in the Ashanti region, stated that the teacher to student ratio in the area was appalling.
Mr Frimpong stated that out of the total of 300 teacher vacancies in the district, only 50 have been filled remaining 250 saying that there is more room for improvement.
“It is very sad to see most schools in my district with only three persons teaching students from basic one to Junior High School (JHS) three. No quality education can be achieved with this situation” he bemoaned.
The DCE stressed that he has made many frantic efforts with the district director of education and the Member of Parliament (MP), Johnson KwakuAdu, to present their plea to the Ministry of Education (MoE).
Mr Frimpong was optimistic that the Minister of Education, Dr Osei Yaw Adutwum, and the newly appointed Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Dr Eric Nyamekye, would attend to their cries.
He said the GAM was held to take stock on the general performance and activities of the assembly, approve the 2023 budget and fees, and make meaningful decisions.
The DCE entreated residents of AhafoAno South-West to rally behind leaders in the area to develop every sector of the economy adding that,“together we can make our district great and strong.”
Mr Kwaku Adu said though the district has since not received the required number of teachers after his numerous efforts at the MoE, he was anxious the remaining 250 spaces would be occupied.
The MP assured the people of Ahafo Ano South – West that the DCE and the Director of education would join him in Accra next week, to visit the MoE again with the perennial teacher deficit challenge.
“it is extremely shameful to visit basic schools in your constituency with good infrastructure and teaching materials, but without the needed human resource personnel” he added.
FROM EMMANUEL ADU GYAMFI, MANKRANSO