TEACHER TRAINEES CAUTION GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE TO AS A MATTER OF URGENCY DECLINE ON A PURPORTED POLICY TO COMPEL NEWLY TRAINED TEACHERS TO UNDERGO ONE YEAR INDUCTION COURSE
we the teacher trainees across the country will like to use this medium to communicate to the Ghana education service, all the stakeholders in education policy making and the general public that,we will not stand unconcerned for them to slap us with another attempted malevolence policy which is flagrant disregard to due process.
This policy which is going viral on the various news portals that “Teachers should undergo a one-year induction course after completing their training at the college of education“ lacks objectivity and direction and we the Trainees across the country will go the extra mile to reject this purposeless policy.
Let us do exhaustive analysis of the policy in question;
According to the Ghana Education Service (G.E.S), this one-year induction course policy would ensure access to quality teacher preparation programme that will promote quality teaching and enhance learning outputs,and also the PTTPDMP would support,develop and nurture teachers in the basic and second cycle schools to enable them function effectively as reflective and proficient practitioners capable of providing quality education for Ghanaian children.
Now our question is,what is the purpose of the out segment component of the in-in-out three year diploma course in the college of Education? In case the stakeholders have forgotten,we want to remind them that the out segment of the in-in-out programme was implemented to adequately prepare newly trained teachers before they are posted to go out and teach. That is why at the out-segment we are given mentors to mentor us and occasionally our tutors from the college come around to supervise us as we teach in order to assess us,they in turn make their recommendations. Not until you as a teacher trainee pass your out-segment component of the in-in-out program, you will not be qualified to be posted.
So we ask; how different is the out-segment program from the so called induction course per the explanation given by the Ghana Education Services.
We would like to state that no serious policy can be built in a philosophical vacuum and that is why we the Trainees across the country are disappointed in the Ghana Education Service(G.E.S.) and all the stakeholders involved in this new policy for their lack of alacrity to put Ghana Education on a sound footing and this is very bad to the fortunes of Education in the country.
Teacher Trainees will be confrontational in holding the Ghana Education Service accountable should this purposeless policy be implemented without due process to proper recourse. The success of Education in Ghana is the bane of powerful vested interest intertwined with the political powers, but this should not be done to the detriment of the poor trainees in the country.
We have passed through a lot of financial hardships in coming this far and cannot suffer yet another unfathomable burden because of one purposely policy which lacks direction. You see all these policies,in principle are indefensible. In practice,it has been characterized by extreme disregard for the vital interest of trainees across the country.
Most interestingly, the Ghana Education Service (G.E.S) has decided not to involve the leadership of the Teacher Trainees in the meeting that saw the amendment of the policy, this means that our inputs and suggestions are not welcome. This approach is not only undiplomatic but unconsummated and smacks of gross insubordination to due process which made the opinions of few individuals to create cacophonous impression in the minds of the teacher trainees in the country.
The Ghana Education Service must develop an insatiable commitment and passion for student leadership in their policy formulations most especially when those policies concern trainees.
Finally,we want to reiterate that the so called one-year induction course after completion is not welcome by trainees and we advise the Ghana Education Service (G.E.S. ) and the Government to channel their strength in ensuring the early payment of salary to the final year trainees who will be posted by August ending this year.
Tagbor Sampson (National President)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
N. C. T. E.
G. E. S.
C. C. T.
ALL TEACHER TRAINEES
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