An educationist, called Alhaji Mohammed Haroon Cambodia, says observation of Teachers Day is a chance to talk about the challenges in the education sector and problems regarding teachers.
He spoke with the media and noted that World Teachers Day(Teachers Prize, in Ghana) is marked to honour teachers yearly at symposium with Education Minister, Teacher unions, other interests groups and stakeholders of education which helps in voicing out challenges in the teaching profession but it wasn’t so previously.
According to Cambodia, it’s now a bit better as compared to the past where they only get up one day and choose the best teacher and give him or her a prize, he added that he likes it this way because they now take into consideration a lot of issues before somebody will be described as a best teacher stressing that teaching is a profession and in every profession the person who claims to be professional should follow certain dogma, code of conduct and go through the nitty-gritties of the teaching profession.
He asserted that the teaching profession in Ghana is good but what we need to know is that every good teacher must have compassion or love for teaching and whether they are motivated externally or not they will be internally motivated which will propel them to put in their best in the interest of the Ghanaian child.
He added that impassionate teachers are those who like absenting themselves from school and would not treat the children as their own but will manhandle the children under their care which is unprofessional and every teacher must know this, he opined.
Advising all teachers in Ghana, he pointed out that whether Teachers Day or no Teachers Day, they are still teachers therefore, they should take it as their chosen profession because each of them chose to be teacher and must behave accordingly.
In furtherance, he bemoaned the small car prize as best teacher award and beseeched cooperate bodies to make changes and provide privileged vehicles to the awardees next time looking at the kind of plush cars they donate for winners of Miss Ghana and Miss Malika while urging the cooperate bodies which mostly donate during such events to respect teaching and give proper awards to teachers who happens to win those prizes.