A Research and Management Consultant, Dr Linus Linnaeus Tannor, has advised the Ghana National Association of Teachers to help improve the living conditions of rural teachers and stop posting teachers who err to the place as a form of punishment.
He called on GNAT to join hands with the government to change the status quo as the environment teachers found themselves in rural areas was appalling. He noted that the situation needed a collaborative effort to combat it.
Dr Tannor was speaking in Sunyani during the opening of the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regional 53rd Delegates Conference of GNAT, which was attended by 562 delegates.
It was on the theme: “GNAT@90: Surviving as a Reliable and a Vibrant Teacher Union in the 21st Century-The Contribution of Brong Ahafo.”
Dr Tannor during his speech suggested that a special working incentive scheme for teachers in remote and deprived communities should be instituted to make teaching and learning in those areas attractive.
Dr Tannor advised teachers to appear more decent in the way they dress irrespective of the working conditions because many students and young people looked up to them as role models.
He also urged the Association to put in place a mentorship programme aimed at improving the young people in the profession since about 70 per cent of GNAT members were youth and should, therefore, be allowed to occupy some executive positions devoid of tribal and partisan politics.
Dr Tannor urged the Association to be media-friendly as a way to promoting its programmes and activities in the region and the country as a whole.