Date: June 1, 2012, 10:16 am


The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) has condemned a recent attack on the headteacher and teachers of the Duffour Osu-Doku Methodist Basic School by the community members over poor performance of their children and wards.

In addition, GNECC has called on the Ghana Police Service to investigate this matter to its logical conclusion and bring the perpetrators to face the full rigors of the law.  "We ask for an immediate action since any delay in the investigations process will compel GNECC to submit a complaint report to CHRAJ for investigations," it said a statement issued to the press.

According to the statement signed by Leslie Tettey, National Co-ordinator of GNECC, the call for investigations is however "not to discourage communities from ensuring that, teachers conduct themselves professionally with regards to quality teaching."
Even so, "The Coalition would like to caution parents/guardians and the community at large that, the academic performance of children does not solely depend on the teacher but rather a joint effort of all education stakeholders."

It emphasised that a number of factors play a role in the performance of school children or the outcomes at the basic education level. These include the lack of adequate number of trained teachers, inadequate teaching and learning materials, unfriendly school environment, lack of supervision of the children by parents/guardians at home, teacher-pupil ratio (over-crowded classrooms), and poor nutrition for children, among others.
"It is therefore unfortunate to blame teachers solely for the poor performance of school children in the BECE to the extent of subjecting them to unfair treatment and violating their human rights."

The statement continued that though the coalition is concerned about the recent poor performance of school children, especially at the basic level and appreciate the efforts of communities to foster quality basic education for all children, "we condemn this indecent act displayed by the community members of [Duffour] Osu-Doku."

It said "While waiting for the law to take its course, we plead with the Ghana Education Service to dialogue with GNAT Greater Accra to ensure that the teachers are back to their duty post or find alternative ways of ensuring that the poor innocent school children do not suffer the consequences of this unfortunate situation."

The coalition seized the opportunity "to recommend communities who followed laid down procedures in addressing teaching related problems to ensure that their wards were given the best tuition by teachers."

Source: Public Agenda

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