The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ministry of Education, Mr Kwasi Kwarteng following claims that 44,000 teachers stopped teaching last year has said only 293 professional teachers resigned in the 2021 academic year.
His comment comes after EduWatch and Deputy Ranking Member on Parliament Education Select Committee, Clement Apaak in a separate release said 44,000 teachers out of the 284,000 public basic school teachers left teaching in 2021.
Africa Education Watch in its new year message copied to EducationWeb.com.gh quoting a provisional date from EMIS said some 44,000 (over 15%) teachers left government basic schools in the 2021 academic year with no replacement.
The Member of Parliament for the Builsa South Constituency and Parliament Education Committee member, Clement Apaak on his part said the 44,000 representing 15% is the highest in 20 years in the country’s education system.
But, the spokesperson for the Education Ministry, Kwarteng Friday told Accra FM only 293 professional teachers with the Ghana Education Service (GES) resigned from the teaching profession in the just ended 2021 academic year.
“In the 2020 academic year, approximately 155 teachers resigned and in the 2021 academic year only 293 professional teachers quit, so it is not true that 44,000 teachers stopped teaching only in 2021” the Ministry mouthpiece stated.
According to him, the 44,000 public school teachers the EMIS report claim left the teaching profession in the 2021 year are mainly Colleges of Education trainees, National Service and NABCO personnel and not professional teachers.
“That EMIS figure widely shared by some online news portals is even wrong, the actual number of the unprofessional teachers deployed to assist teaching was 34,000 and not 44,000 as the date claims,” Mr Kwarteng said on Friday.
Education Think Tank – Africa Education Watch following the number of professional teachers that left the teaching profession last year has called on the Ghana Education Service to recruit more teachers to replace those that quit.
“The Education Ministry must engage more teachers to address the deficit and ensure the postings of all teachers being recruited to deprived districts where they are needed with no protocol consideration,” the Watch stated.