Administrator and Human Resource Officer (HRO) of Ada College of Education (ADACOE) based in Ada East District in the Greater Accra Region, Christian Anim Lawerh has expressed dismay over recent indefinite strike declared by pre-tertiary teachers explaining that the unfortunate development has high tendency of affecting the performance of students in this year’s West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) if the strike should extend beyond one month.
His comment followed a decision by the pre-tertiary teachers of Ghana to declare nationwide indefinite strike starting from Monday July 4, 2022 over government’s delay to accede to a bid by the union to be paid Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
The Pre-Tertiary Teachers last month pushed the office of the government to reconsider their decision to introduce the COLA attributing the call to recent high cost of living in the country.
According to him the unfortunate strike action embarked on will hinder the adequate preparation students will go through prior to the examination (WASSCE) especially at the time students need teachers to assist them reflect on some key concepts and areas in some subjects taught at the unset of their academic year in the school.
He said: “The strike is devasting for students because teacher factor is key in the performance of students in the WASSCE and this is a crucial moment when students are able to ascertain their level of preparedness in subjects or concepts their have little understanding in.”
The law student (Christian Anim Lawerh) has also attributed the economic situation of the country as the major factor that precipitated the strike action and described the salary of teacher as meagre which cannot meet the high price of commodities on the market.
He noted that the payment of COLA is long overdue which government should in early days heeded to the demand of teachers to mitigate the strike action and not to wait until teachers settle on strike as means to put their concern to the government.
Mr. Anim who started his professional career in the public sector as teacher echoed that, President John Dramani Maham has used the COLA as a subsidiary measure during economic crises and therefore.
“I was a teacher under Ghana Education Service (GES) hence I can reflect back on life situation of teachers with the meagre salary due them at every month. This is not the first time will call for the COLA. COLA has been in the system since the time of former President John Dramani Mahama and its adoption and payment is long overdue.
He has therefore urged government to respond to the plight of the teachers to call of the strike in order to avert any failure that will emerge from 2022 WASSCE which he asserted that West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) may not be moved by the strike to reschedule the examination ahead.
The fate of 2022 WASSCE Candidates.
It will be recalled that the current WASSCE candidates in the Senior High Schools across the country have suffered academic deficiency in 2020 when government of Ghana has directed for a close down of all schools in Ghana due to wide spread of coronal virus that hit the world and Ghana as well.
The present WASSCE candidates were made to forfeit the second semester in their first year and with no additional time allocated by government and the Ministry of Education to cover the lost semester were promoted and moved to the second year without taking lessons in the second semester of the first year.
BY; Nicholas Tetteh Amedor