Teacher absenteeism reduced from 27 to 7% under Mahama – Ablakwa

National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT)

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and former education minister has stated that Teacher absenteeism in pre-tertiary schools reduced from 27 to 7% under former President John Dramani Mahama.

He made this known in an interview on TV 3’s Abena Tabi on The Key Points show. He indicated that the NDC during his term of office as minister removed 65 per cent of schools that were under trees.

Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa opined that the Mahama led government made great investment s into education. 

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The reduction in Teacher absenteeism in pre-tertiary schools was the combined effort of all stakeholders such as government, teacher unions, the GES, and the Ministry of Education.

Mr. Samuel Okudzeto furthered that some 4,000 schools under trees were taken off the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) during their term of office eliminated about 4,000 schools under trees, which added up to approximately 65 percent of such schools across the country.

In his submission, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa  said 

“You take the nature of our rural schools. We counted not less than 4000 schools under trees [and] you are competing with students in Singapore, students in Finland and these are yardsticks. If you look at their class environment it is friendly, the child is looking forward to the next day of school and so we decided to embark on a programme which we call Elimination of Schools Under Trees.”

Commenting on WASSCE performance, he said the country performed creditably well for the four years of former President Mahama. This led to the country being adjudged the best WASSCE performing country as a result of the Mahama administration’s investment and proper management of the education sector.

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But the Deputy Education Minister and Member of Parliament for the Bosomtwe Constituency, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum reacting to Okudzeto’s comments, said the Mahama NDC only tackled the symptoms of the problem instead of the aching root causes in the education sector.

The teaching Minister told Mr. Ablwakwa “If you solve teacher absenteeism and not take a look at the school leadership and accountability you are not going to get anywhere.”  “you may end up solving the symptoms of the problem and not the real problem itself.” He said.



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