Dr. Clement Apaak: There Will Be No Textbooks On World Teachers’ Day

Today, October 5, 2021, we honor our dedicated teachers for their invaluable contributions and sacrifices to society and our country.

Happy Teachers’ Day, albeit I’m aware that many teachers in Ghana are dissatisfied with their working conditions. This is why, as a society, we must feel compelled to ensure that the correct conditions exist in order to elicit the finest performance from our teachers.

Teachers confront a variety of difficulties. One recent example is the lack of textbooks more than two years after the implementation of the standard-based curriculum.

“Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery” is the topic for today’s global Teachers’ Day.

Without textbooks based on a core curriculum, how will our elementary school teachers assist with educational recovery?

We are still waiting for textbooks despite several assurances, including one given by the Minister of Education, Hon. Yaw Adutwum, on the floor of Parliament on Thursday, June 10th, 2021, in response to a question I posed.

In answer to my demand for timeliness in terms of textbook availability, the Minister stated that the books will be in classrooms three months from June 10th, 2021, the date I asked the question. Today is International Teachers’ Day, October 5, 2021, and we still need textbooks for our primary schools.

The government must apologize to teachers, students, and Ghanaians for failing to provide textbooks. The government must ensure that textbooks are delivered to our elementary schools as soon as possible. It’s been a long time coming.

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