Education

44, 000 Teachers Didn’t Exit The Profession-MoE Discredits Apaak’s Submission

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has discredited reports by the Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Dr. Clement Apaak that 44,000 teachers left Basic Schools across the country in the year 2021.

Hon. Apaak has been peddling that 44,000 teachers left basic schools in 2021.

“44,000 teachers out of 284,000 Basic school teachers left the teaching profession in 2021 alone. This is 15%, the highest in 20 years. Why did they walk away from the classroom, and how soon will they be replaced?, he posted on Facebook.

Hon. Apaak attributed the huge number of exit to poor remuneration and conditions of service.

Reacting to this, the Ministry of Education (MoE) explained that “Over the past years including 2019/2020, Education and Management Information System (EMIS) has included NABCO personnel, National Service Personnel and Teacher Trainees on teaching practice”, however, “the 2020/2021 EMIS data excluded the above personnel from the year’s Annual School Census” thereby creating the impression that such huge number of teachers left the teaching profession.

MoE says the exclusion of non-permanent teachers was done to provide the true figure on Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR) and Pupil Trained Teacher Ratio (PTTR) at the basic school level.

“In effect, all personnel not on GES Government payroll were excluded from Teachers Profile of the 2020/2021 EMIS data”, the statement said.

Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini

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