18 February 2013

Ghana: GNAT Holds Fourth Quadrennial Delegates Conference

The Kumasi Metro branch of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has held its 4th Quadrennial Delegates Conference in Kumasi, with a call on the government to ensure that, education becomes the hub of the development of the country.

The conference was under the theme: "Attaining educational goals towards 2015 - The Teacher Factor."

The local chairman of GNAT, Mr. Victor Degraft-Etison, who made the appeal, said it was time for the government to implement policies that would motivate teachers to do their best, and the education sector to take centre stage in the development of the country.

He stressed that in the past, education and the role of teachers had always taken centre stage in political campaigns, and urged the government to give education, considered as one of the major catalysts for development, the attention it deserves, to make it continually enjoy public discourse.

He underscored that the development of a country's human resource, therefore, was the responsibility of the teacher, and that a nation cannot develop meaningfully without adequate human resource capacity, in terms of quality and quantity.

The GNAT Chairman said, as a goldmine of knowledge, teachers were key nation builders, since they had a direct impact on the lives of students and the future of the nation, and called on all stakeholders to honour, celebrate and support teachers in every way possible, so that they can perform to their optimum, as the nation inches towards the attainment of Education For All (EFA) by 2015.

The Kumasi Metro GNAT Chairman said, like any other professional union, GNAT would strive to seek, defend, and protect the interest and welfare of its members.

He added that the union would be looking at the challenges confronting them, and evolve plans and strategies to pass resolutions that would serve the interest and welfare of its members.

Mr. Degraft-Etison congratulated teachers in the city of Kumasi for their hard work under very tedious conditions over the years, and urged the them to develop a self motivation spirit to face new challenges in the years ahead.

Mr. I.K. Gyasi, a retired Headmaster of T. I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School in Kumasi, observed that the teacher was the one who can melt the gold and shape it to produce varied and beautiful jewellery, and guide and mould various God-given talents, resulting in their becoming teachers, lawyers, doctors, accountants, politicians and bankers.

According to him, every pupil had a talent which could shine forth, if the teacher was prepared to help bring it out.

On the other hand, a bad teacher can kill the talent and make the pupil useless to himself, his family, and society as a whole.

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