Teachers Urged to Protect Integrity of Profession
Teachers have been urged to exhibit a high level of professionalism, dedication and commitment in the discharge of their duties to protect the integrity of their noble profession.
Mr Derrick Owusu Ambrose, the Assin South District Chief Executive (DCE) said the waning professionalism and the rampant moral decadence were serious issues that needed to be addressed to check its lingering demoralizing effect on hard working teachers who had so far featured high degree of professionalism and moral ethical stance.
The DCE gave the advice at the inauguration of a three-unit classroom block for pupils of Assin Adabraka Basic School on Wednesday.
He advised teachers to be civil, firm and level-headed in the discharge of their mandated duties, saying “you must disengage from bad deeds that will mar the reputation and the integrity of the profession.”
Mr Ambrose said teachers were the key change agents needed for the acceleration of the transformative change programmes of the government, thus the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration would ensure that the Ghanaian teacher enjoy the full benefits of their profession.
He re-echoed Government’s resolve to prioritise education with special attention to the professional development of teachers as the nation marched ahead on the road to progress.
“The Nana Addo led Government believes education is the bedrock of development and a means to eradicate poverty, hunger and disease from our midst thereby achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs)”.
Mr Ambrose noted that the Assembly together with District Directorate of Education had scaled up its engagements with stakeholders to significantly reduce teacher absenteeism and truancy regarded as high in the area.
He described the phenomenon as an impediment to efforts towards providing quality education and added that it was a threat to the teaching profession.
He assured that his outfit was working at providing basic social amenities such as potable drinking water, electricity, telephone and non-existent accommodation in schools for teachers that had compelled many teachers to commute from far distances to schools and back every day.
Mr Ambrose expressed his gratitude to the Chief and his elders and pledged to co-operate with them to ensure the rapid development of the community to make education accessible to children.