Teacher Trainees unhappy over strike action from school authorities

Prospective Teachers from the SDA College of Education at Asokore Koforidua in the Eastern Region have expressed displeasure over the unwillingness of their tutors to effect conducive teaching and learning.

Per their view in a communiqué cited on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, school authorities have deliberately embarked on strike making it difficult for them to cope with Academic activities

Endorsed by the Students’ Representative Council led by Bright Boakye Yiadom (President), the press release revealed how Tutors have stayed home for over 21 days without teaching. Unlike other schools where students ‘enjoy fruitful stay’ in class, the same cannot be said at SEDACOE.

“Maybe the government is not aware that our tutors are on strike so we want the media and other stakeholders to immediately prompt the government that our tutors have been on strike for over 21 working days whiles other tertiary
institutions have serious academic works ongoing.”

It added; “Teacher trainees have paid fees and as we eat and sleep without tuition, what would be our fate when eventually the impasse is
resolved? Are we going to pay another fees?”

The statement further stressed on how newly admitted students are struggling to sustain pressure in the school over delay in orientation, matriculation and release of timetable as well as relevant course materials leaving them traumatized

“Newly admitted teacher trainees have regretted applying to the various colleges of education to become teachers. Can you imagine, activities such as orientation and matriculation have not been performed?”

“…Course outlines and lecture halls have not been assigned, timetable is non-existent and handouts have not been given to students either. This
has left the newly admitted teacher – trainees traumatized.”

Fast forward, the issue of security is becoming a threat where intruders invade the school anyhow due to the absence of their Tutors.

With a call on government and the media to intervene, the student leadership have hinted of a planned activity scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 28th November, 2018 at 6:00 am should the Tutors refuse to enter the lecture halls and teach.

BELOW IS A COPY OF THE PRESS RELEASE

IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE:
GOVERNMENT’S LACK – LUSTER APPROACH TO CETAG’S REQUEST LEADING TO THE CURRENT STRIKE ACTION AND HOW TRAINEES ARE SUFFERING FROM THE DEPLORABLE CONSEQUENCES.

Assuming you are a visitor who entered the colleges of education on the morning of a typical week day, right from the entrance, you would find students on the move. As you take a stroll, you observe some teacher – trainees gallivanting, some in groups discussing whatsoever, others playing football, others washing their clothes and most of them not in uniforms during class hours sitting under trees and chatting: the college is disorganized.

What is happening?

SEDACOE (SDA College of Education) has become like the venue for a camp meeting! This is very serious because it is not only SEDACOE but all other colleges in Ghana. This is the sore state of colleges of education in Ghana since school reopening about a month ago.

We acclaim the Teacher Trainee Association of Ghana (TTAG) for leading us to express our present grievance for which the government have remained unconcerned. We therefore call upon religious bodies, other stakeholders and well-meaning Ghanaians to help us plead with the government not to downplay the predicament the teacher trainees have been put. We turn to the media, the mouth piece of the disadvantaged in society to let the world know of the plight of the teacher – trainee. Our hope is that, the government and the Colleges of Education Teacher association of Ghana (CETAG) would come to an agreement quickly enough to end the uncertainty into which the teacher – trainee has been put.

THE EFFECT OF STRIKE ON TEACHER TRAINEES

This strike issue and the CETAG – Government impasse has lingered on for the past one month. The effect and repercussions on the teacher – trainee in Ghana are not being taken in consideration as if we do not matter at all. Maybe the government is not aware that our tutors are on strike so we want the media and other stakeholders to immediately prompt the government that our tutors have been on strike for over 21 working days whiles other tertiary institutions have serious academic works ongoing. Teacher trainees have paid fees and as we eat and sleep without tuition, what would be our fate when eventually the impasse is resolved? Are we going to pay another fees?

The SRC leadership has been helping to control activities of the teacher – trainees on campus since the semester commenced. The level of security is not at its best as we know it to be. This is because the absence of tutors has served as a privilege for intruders.

Teacher trainees also use this as an opportunity to take a french leave, trooping to town without any checks. In case something happens to our future teachers, whom are we to blame? We put it to the general public to put themselves in our shoes. We pleading with the government to bring back our tutors to the lecture halls. This simple request is not out of place and beyond quick action. Though the SRC body is trying very hard, it is not enough to solve the situation or bring the tutors back to the lecture halls.

Newly admitted teacher trainees have regretted applying to the various colleges of education to become teachers. Can you imagine, activities such as orientation and matriculation have not been performed? Course outlines and lecture halls have not been assigned, timetable is non-existent and handouts have not been given to students either. This has left the newly admitted teacher – trainees traumatized.

We concede to the fact that, the media is identified as fourth realm of government whose voice is heard by all stakeholders including the general public. After this call, we shall decide on what to do next if by Wednesday, 28th November, 2018 and at exactly 6:00 am our tutors are not seen in our lecture halls. Thank you.

SRC Secretariat
S. D. A. College of Education
Asokore – Koforidua

Cc:
Minister of Education
Ministry of Education
CETAG
TTAG
Christian Council
To all media houses

P. O. Box 18, Asokore
EMAIL: brytboakye@gmail.com
BANKERS: GHANA COMMERCIAL BANK, KOFORIDUA BRANCH

0540632932 – President
0556429799 – Secretary
0248035388 – Vice president

Story written by; Patrick Nambe

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