Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the running mate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has questioned the reasoning behind the National Service programme being attached to teacher training after going through rigorous one year out of campus teaching practice.
“The out programme attached to teacher training is like learning a trade and being tasked to perform some duties as well. So once you are doing the out programme it’s like doing your national service.
She added: “Why then do you direct such trainees to do another one year national service when they are done with everything needed for them to perform well in the classroom. The worry I have with the national service for teacher trainees is that the students themselves are not happy about it.”
Speaking with Benjamin Tetteh Nartey on GBC’s Radio Central during her campaign tour in the Central Region monitored by MyNewsGh.com, the former Minister of Education and UCC Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang said that the compulsory national service for teacher trainees isn’t the way to go.
She continued: “The dangerous aspects has to do with taking the teacher somewhere to perform a task which they themselves are not willing to do it. What would they be teaching the students? What you are making them do is something they are not interested in so how would they be motivated to perform.
“What would be the motivation for that teacher trainee who is doing national service to have the love of the students to teach them well and go to school on time? So at the end whom are we shortchanging, it means it’s the innocent students who will suffer at the end. So it’s a very complex case and not as easy as it seems to be,” she concluded.