Newly graduated Teachers in the Bawku area have been advised against rushing into pursuing degrees in their career as it affected academic work.
‘Even though it may improve on the human resource base of the Ghana Education service rushing back to school affect the performance of the students.’
Mr Ibrahim Adobasom, Upper East Regional Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) made the call at the weekend during the annual orientation programme for 600 newly trained teachers for the 2016-2017 academic years and some limited recruited teachers drawn from the Bawku Municipality, Binduri, and the Pusiga districts.
The Teachers were also charged to remain focused in the beginning of their career and study how the system operated so as to enable them know the areas they could specialise to avoid misplacement of knowledge.
He noted that if they failed to take time to follow the system, they may pursue programmes that would not be relevant to the service and may waste their time or go out of business.
Mr Adobasom who touched on professionalism in the service, indicated that working ethics were prudent to the service and that there was the need for the new teachers to adhere to the norms and ethics that governed the GES.
He said the ethics guided them on what to do at a point in time so as to help to promote and uplift the falling standards of education in the region and the country at large.
Mr Adobasom reminded the teachers on the code of conduct for teachers and said as teachers they needed to be law abiding, accountable, respectful, loyal, and honest and adhere to the principles of call to duty.
Mr Bukari Shaibu Ibn Abu-Dayan, Bawku Municipal GNAT Secretary noted that the teaching profession was a noble one and appealed to newly trained ones to count themselves lucky for falling within it.
Mr Abu-Dayan expressed optimism at their capabilities to contribute to nation building and urged them not to be reluctant in performing duties assigned to them since it was a call from God to serve humanity through teaching, stating that “the messenger from Allah was a teacher and a role model to society”.
He urged the teachers to be committed to duty through punctuality to school and teaching since that was the ultimate way to make them professionals in the field, “as the saying goes practice makes man perfect”.
Hajia Hawa Nincheamah, Bawku Municipal Chief Executive commended the teachers for their hard work and urged them to consider the interest of the children as national interest.
She called on the teachers to see themselves as role models to the children and deliver the needed knowledge that would build the children into good human resources for the country.
The 600 newly trained teachers were taken through conditions and scheme of service, teacher licensing policy, the structure of GNAT, Youth policy and the chain of command among others.
By Jerry Azanduna, GNA