Teachers decry ‘poor’ food served them at new curriculum workshopA cross section of participants at Akatsi Training College in the Akatsi South District.

Teachers decry ‘poor’ food served them at new curriculum workshop

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Teachers attending a nation wide workshop on the new curriculum to be introduced by the Ghana Education Service for the 2019/20 academic year are angry with the kind of food being served them at the workshop in the various districts across the country.

The displeased teachers say the GHC8 per teacher budgeted for feeding for the workshop is woefully inadequate and insulting to them.

Our checks across some Districts in the Volta region reveal that the teachers who sit for the training on between 8am-5:30pm are only served snacks like sobolo and bread, with the exercise expected to end on Saturday 17th.

In the Akatsi South District, about 600 teachers, head teachers and circuit supervisors were packed into a hall that can contain a lesser number than that at the Akatsi Training College.

The teachers who spoke on anonymity complained that, instead of a comfortable sitting place, they were made to seat on long benches throughout the period.

“We have had to seat on this long benches from 8am to 5:30pm and I wonder what GES has taken us for.

Politicians and even leadership of GES attend workshops at better places of choice, with almost everything that would make them comfortable including perdiems, yet this is what we have to go through”.

The claims have since been corroborated with a number of the participants taking to social media to vent their anger on GES.

Circuit supervisors, head teachers and teachers in public basic schools are attending the workshop to be trained on the new curriculum expected to be introduced in the 2019/2020 academic year for Kindergarten One to Primary Six pupils.

About 152,000 teachers made up of the three groups from all over the country, are attending the training at 996 school centres throughout the 260 districts in the 16 regions of the country for the exercise.

The new curriculum was developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) and is a shift from the objective-based curriculum to a standards-based curriculum with focus on strengthening the acquisition of the 4Rs (Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic and cReativity) as foundational skills for life-long learning and national development.

By: Faisel Abdul-Iddrisu | elninothekid76@gmail.com

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