Educationist Asks Teachers To Stop Turning Classrooms Into Political Platforms

Nana Osei Agyemang, Sunyani West Municipal
Director of Education, has cautioned
teachers to refrain from turning
classrooms into political platforms.

He noted that during election years,
most teachers used teaching hours to
discuss politics among themselves and
their pupils and students at the expense
of imparting knowledge.
“Teachers need to ensure that school
hours are used judiciously for the
benefit of pupils and students,” he
Nana Agyemang made the call when
presenting 132 school uniforms and
learning materials to needy-but-brilliant
pupils at Baakoniaba, near Sunyani.

The presentation was on behalf of the
Canadian Teachers Federation (CTC) in
collaboration with the Ghana National
Association of Teachers (GNAT) for
schools under its Nkabom II Project in
the Brong Ahafo Region.

The items estimated at GH¢14,000,
were presented to pupils from six
selected schools – Chiraa S.D.A.
Primary, Kobedi AME Zion Primary,
Twumasikrom Municipal Assembly
Primary, Nsoatre African Faith Primary,
Amomaso Presbyterian Primary and
Koduakrom Primary.

Nana Agyemang expressed concern
about the poor performance of some
pupils and stressed that in the past
when lanterns were used for studying in
the night, academic performance were

He noted that education was a key
factor in the development of every
nation and children, the future leaders,
needed to be studious in order to climb
up higher on the educational ladder.

The Sunyani West Municipal Director of
Education urged parents to ensure their
children were educated without any
discrimination, and announced that
there would be regular monitoring at
the beneficiary schools on the impact of
the items on their performance.
He advised the pupils to avoid truancy
but endeavour to remain in school for
their training for the future.

Mr Thomas Baafi, Deputy General
Secretary of GNAT in-charge of
Educational and Professional
Development, said the presentation was
to put smiles on the faces of needy but
brilliant pupils. GNAT, he said, believed
every child had the right to education.

He said over the years, GNAT together
with its international partners, had
sought and provided educational needs
of pupils.

The Deputy General Secretary of GNAT
said it was laudable that politicians were
making the provision of education a key
issue in their election campaigns, adding
“Any initiative that seeks to make
education accessible to the needy needs
to be embraced and supported”.
He observed that education was the
best inheritance that a nation could
bequeath its youth.

Mr Baafi urged parents to make their
children’s education a priority and
provide them with the needed learning
materials to sustain their interest in

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