Mr Anthony Agortimevor, a Budget Officer of the Kadjebi District Directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES), has appealed to teachers to act responsibly and stand up to be real agents of change to help transform society.
He urged the teachers to desist from deviant behaviours not to dent the image of the teaching profession.
Mr Agortimevor was speaking at the Accountability Forum on Back-to-School Campaign organised by the Kadjebi District Director of the GES with support from UNICEF at Kadjebi in the Oti Region.
He said teacher absenteeism, drunkenness; sexual harassment and the amorous relationship between pupils and teachers were on the increase.
Reverend Vincent Komla Darkpoh, the Kadjebi District Pastor of the Deeper Life Bible Church, urged parents to inculcate good moral values such as honesty, respect for other people and care and maintenance for family property to enable them to transfer those traits to school and public settings when they grew-up.
“Instill God’s words in the children since fear of God is the basic foundation.”
Mr Samuel Kofi Menu, Assembly Member for Kadjebi Central Electoral Area, said the Back-to-School Campaign by the Girl-Child Unit of the GES in January 2021 helped increase school enrolment.
He appealed to parents to invest in their children in school and called on the government to provide schools with the needed logistics for effective teaching and learning.
Mr Samuel Drah, the Headmaster of Kadjebi Evangelical Presbyterian (E.P) Junior High School (JHS), appealed to his colleagues to work extra hard to achieve results.
He advised them to refrain from engaging in acts harmful to the teaching profession.
The Girl-Child Unit of the GES in January 2021 embarked on a “Back-to-School” campaign after the closure of schools in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The campaign was to encourage the school children to go back to school despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was also to disseminate information on the “Guide for Prevention of Pregnancy among school Girls’ and the Facilitation of Re-Entry into School after Childbirth” policy by GES.
The Kadjebi GES Directorate organised the forum within eight circuits in the District to get feedback from the stakeholders, who were drawn from PTA, SMC, Headteachers, Chiefs, and assembly members, among others.