Teachers Condition of Service: Comparing Nkrumah’s Era To His Successors’ – Prof. Gyampo

 Teachers Condition of Service: Comparing Nkrumah’s Era To His Successors’ – Prof Gyampo

Prof Gyampo And Kwame Nkrumah

On August 2,2021, the University Teachers Association of Ghana embarked on a nationwide to demand better condition of service. Though the National Labor Condition has tried many ways to get them back to the classroom but non has yielded a positive result. 

This has sparked a controversy on the condition of service between teachers and politicians in the sense that the teacher taught the politician.

In view of this, the UTAG-UG general secretary elect, Prof. Edward Gyampo has brought up a summarized analysis of how Dr. Kwame Nkrumah treated teachers and how his successors did.

He indicated in the analysis that from documents and interaction with teachers who lived during H.E. Nkrumah,the first president of Ghana era, he could see that there was respect for teachers. Dr. Nkrumah valued teachers than politicians which saw many government appointees like H.E Chapman Nyaho and Isaac Chinebuah to ran for headteacher positions

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The professor stated, “Senior Lecturers were paid around £1,350 per annum while Deputy Ministers received around £1,200 per annum. Members of the Professorial ranks were paid more than Ministers, with the former receiving between £1,600 and 2,100 while the latter were paid around £1,450.”

He continued that the story has however never been the same after the overthrow of H.E. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, military rulers milked the state to pay their followers and civilian governments followed the convention of military rulers.

He concluded that,it was unfortunate for the president,H.E. Nana Addo to boldly declare that teaching is not a job to give you millions because the plight of teachers was changed by the same politicians. Prof. opined that, government should look back to the idea of of our first president and our colonial masters.

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