The Member of Parliament for Central Tongu, Gabby Hottordze, has promised to support the youth of Mafi Anfoe, a community in the Volta Region, to complete the construction of a teachers’ bungalow.
In Joy Prime’s latest feature titled, Building A Village Dream, the youth of the community took the initiative to attract teachers to the only basic school in the area by improving the academic performance.
Speaking on Prime Morning with Roselyn Felli at the back of the story, the legislator commended the youth for their contribution to the development of the area.
“Our people have over the years been struggling with the understanding that the government alone cannot do it all. So, I’m not surprised that they’ve started that project.”
“I can assure you that we will also support in our own small way so that their purpose in embarking on that project comes to fruition. I’ll liaise with the DCE, who happens to be a citizen of that particular community, so that we can see what we can do to complement the effort of the youth for them to have a decent accommodation for teachers who are teaching in Manfi Anfoe,” he assured.
He said the initiative will help teachers who are posted to the constituency get proper accommodations.
He applauded the youth for committing to contribute an amount of GH₵10 monthly to buy building materials for the building project, as stated in the feature.
Again, he entreated other communities to emulate the youth of Manfi Anfoe and help the government in their own ways, as he believes the government cannot do everything.
He said, “It is not common.”
Accommodation has been a major concern for the majority of teachers who are posted to rural areas in Ghana.
This, according to the Deputy General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Daniel Affadu, makes some of the teachers reject the offer when they are posted.
He recommended that the Ghana Education Service (GES) considers a deployment policy when posting teachers to various areas.
“I believe that if they had been sending the teachers to the districts, the districts will look at the areas and maybe post the teachers, it will be fine. We have always recommended to the GES that they should have a comprehensive policy on deployment.”
Mr. Affadu, on the other hand, has urged non-governmental organizations (NGOs), philanthropists, and GNAT to support providing accommodations for teachers in deprived communities.