Story by: Kojo Ata Kakrah Abrowah
The Ghana National Association of Teachers, (GNAT), has called on Professor Stephen Adei, former rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, (GIMPA), to apologize to them for describing them as pure criminals.
Professor Adei on Thursday described public basic school teachers as “pure criminals” in an interview with Class FM.
He is quoted to have said, “Ghanaian teachers in public basic schools are ‘criminals’ because “they do not teach” yet take their salaries and send their children to private schools.”
That said attitude of Ghanaian teachers he said, was affecting the quality of education at the primary level.
But responding to this in an interview with Ahomka FM’s Kojo Ata Kakrah Abrowah, (KAKA), the Central Regional chairman of the Association, Dr (H.C) Isaac Owusu, described professor Adei’s comment as unfortunate and called on him to apologize to Ghanaian teachers as soon as possible.
“I have also read what our senior comrade, Prof Stephen Adei has said about the teachers in this country, and in fact this is not the first time he’s spoken, he’s our elder and a very respectable man so we sometimes don’t want to be treating him like we do to others…..it is indeed an insult…..yes indeed, like in every institution or profession, you may find one or two teachers among us who may be doing what is not expected, but that doesn’t mean you should generalize it that all teachers are criminals…… it is very unfortunate so we the GNAT members in the region are calling on him to apologize to all teachers before we spit red saliva on him,”Mr. Isaac Owusu
Mr Owusu then expressed shock about how Prof Adei diverted from the double-track he was talking about and instead resorted to insulting teachers at the public basic schools.
“It was not even public basic school they were discussing…..so where from the insult…….how can we get quality education whiles pupils and students sit on the floor to study…..go to Saman Abotar park, go to Ɛbɛkawopa and go to Moree and Srafa, the kids don’t have desks to sit on, those who have them too sit in four four and five five so Prof Adei should have used that same opportunity to tell government to provide infrastructure to the same public basic schools,” he fumed