June 14, 2024
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GNAT Condemns Twum-Ampofo’s “Blame Teachers For Economic Woes” Comment

The Ghana National Association of Teachers(GNAT) has criticised the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Gifty Twum-Ampofo for her recent comment on Ghanaian teachers.

Madam Twum-Ampofo said teachers are to blame for Ghana’s economic woes and not the economists or the Finance Minister.

She made these remarks during the 175th-anniversary celebration of the Presbyterian College of Education in Akropong on June 1, 2023, on the theme of “175 years of education, honouring our past, celebrating the present, and shaping the future.”

A statement by GNAT in response to the claims has, however, described the comments as unfortunate, vicious, irresponsible, and unwarranted.

The statement said as an educationist herself, the Deputy Minister should instead help to solve the many challenges plaguing teachers and Ghana’s education.

“Let us make it clear to Hon. Twum-Ampofo and her ilk, that the Ghana National Association of Teachers would not sit unconcerned for its teachers to be taken to the cleaners by people in positions of responsibility; our teachers cannot be made scapegoats or guinea pigs by governments for policies they hardly reflect on before implementing, and the earlier vituperations such as made by Hon. Twum-Ampofo, stopped the better it would be for all of us,” the statement stressed.

Read details of the statement below

Story By Philipina Badu

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