Professor Jonathan Fletcher, Deputy Director of the institute of Education of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), has observed that there were too many ‘teachers of convenience’ in the educational system.
He said this had created an irony of the older generation of less qualified teachers, in the past, producing better output, than that of the current generation, with supposedly higher qualifications.
Prof. Fletcher was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of Eighth Congregation of the Saint Francis College of Education, held at Hohoe.
He said there was the urgent need for the educational planners to identify, nurture, guide and motivate young students with the flair and interest in teaching into the profession, which should have a very low attrition rate.
“You go in, (teaching) for the love and interest in it, and not because you have to, because at that moment, there is no better opening,” Professor Fletcher noted.
Prof. Fletcher also complained about fewer and fewer Ghanaians studying Science in school.
He said there must be conscious efforts by the government to attract Science teachers and students, and that in some other countries there were school fee variations or waivers for such people.
Prof. Fletcher reminded the congregation that for newly trained teachers to get their bearings in the profession right, they needed to be mentored by only dutiful seniors.
A total of 243 students were awarded Diplomas in Basic Education, with only one student, Fred Yao Gakpo, getting First Class.
Mr Dennis Moses Agbenuvor, Principal of the College, said it was progressing steadily as many infrastructural works, including living quarters’ of lecturers, were completed, with contracts for a fence wall and guest house among others, being awarded.
He expressed concern about the increasing encroachment on the College’s land by private developers.
Mr Agbenuvor mentioned poor drainage, access roads, use of the compound as a thorough fair and the small dormitory space for girls, especially, as some of the other pressing challenges.
Right Reverend Francis Lodonu, Bishop of the Ho Diocese of the Catholic Church, and Council Chairman of the College, wondered why the Councils of Colleges of Education in the Volta Region remained interim ones, while those in other regions had been confirmed.
He said this situation was affecting effective planning.
Bishop Lodonu appealed to the Ghana Education Service (GES) to quicken the placement of newly posted on the pay roll.
He said there should be no further delay in concluding processes to accord the Colleges of Education tertiary status.
Mr Francis Ganyaglo, Deputy Volta Regional Minister and the Special Guest of Honour, urged stakeholders of the College to help tackle some of its challenges, to enable it have time to pursue its main function of training teachers.
He said he had taken note of the needs of the College, and promised to liaise with the appropriate bodies to tackle them expeditiously. GNA