Group angry over compulsory nat’l service for teachers

National Service Scheme says it has released about 14, 000 pin codes to get trainee teachers across the country to undertake a compulsory one-year national service before being employed by the government.

This new directive from the government stipulates that newly trained teachers will undertake their service after writing the Teacher Licensure Examinations.

But some trainee teachers have opposed to the decision.

A group calling itself Teachers and Trainees Advocacy (TTA) described the new directive as “heartbreaking” and “disrespectful.”

 

“The Leadership TTA is stating emphatically that newly trained teachers are not on any day embarking on any one year National Service for that matter we call on all teacher unions to rally behind us for a common course. We have been silent for long, and this is the time to act and fight for our right. We cannot be taken for granted, and sanity and respect must be shown to trainee teachers by the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders,” the group stated in a statement signed by its National Convener, Antwi Karikari Patrick.

But the Director of Public Affairs at NSS, David Prah explained that the one-year national service for teachers is now mandatory by law because the teacher trainee colleges have assumed tertiary status because they now award diploma certificates.

“I have heard some of the trainees arguing that they were not doing national service. Let’s take note that at first colleges of education that used to be called teacher-training college was not tertiary, so they were not part of the national service bracket. And when they started coming out with a diploma and becoming tertiary…it has become official for them to do national service,” he added.

 

 

Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

Writer’s email: franklin.asare-donkor@todaygh.com

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