Hon. Amankwah Asiamah Calls for Compensation for Teachers in the Rural Areas
The Parliamentary Select Committee Chair on Education, Hon. Amankwah Asiamah, Member of Parliament for Fanteakwa North Constituency, has admitted that there will always be lapses in Ghana’s educational system unless teachers, especially those in the rural areas, are economically motivated.
The Member of Parliament gave these remarks as the third Speaker at the Educational Forum organized by the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with Citi FM/TV on 14th April, 2021 via Zoom. The Forum, which was on the theme “Reducing Barriers to Accessing education in Ghana”, was moderated by Citi FM’s renowned journalist, Bernard Koku Avle, and Chaired by the President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, Emeritus Professor Samuel Kofi Sefa-Dedeh.
Other resource persons at the Forum included Hon. Michael Nsowah, former Director-General of the GES; Ms. Joyce Larnyoh, Chair of CSOs’ Platform on SDG4; and Mr. Kofi Asare, Executive Director of Africa Education Watch.
The Member of Parliament noted that there were inadequate trained teachers in Ghana, and a higher percentage of them were in the urban centres, starving the rural areas of access to quality education. He added that the GES should make it an administrative policy to bring equity into the posting of trained teachers across the country.
Hon. Amankwah Asiamah advised the government and the Ministry of Education to invest more funds into the training of teachers and to provide a form of compensation for teachers who accept postings to the rural areas.
He said, “I would like to say that the teacher must be well motivated, especially people who accept posting into rural centres must be compensated for being there to teach in the rural areas. That will also be another motivating factor to entice teachers to go back to the rural areas and teach to improve the educational standards there.”
The Fanteakwa North MP concluded that the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education which he Chairs, “has made several attempts to pin the Ministry of Education down to ask for such opportunities to train more teachers for rural areas.” The Forum, which was an initiative of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS), is one of many efforts by the premier learned society to promote the study of the arts and sciences and the extension and dissemination of knowledge in these disciplines.
By: Korang Kwadwo Isaac (GAAS Communications)