The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has expressed concern over the high attrition rate of teachers from the teaching service saying it is alarming as the number stands at approximately 7000 annually.
A study reveals that 7000 teachers resign annually (GNAT, 2008). The situation is very disturbing, especially in the rural areas, and findings suggested that all incentives meant for teachers must be provided to motivate them to recommit themselves to the teaching service since the nation’s development hinges on well-educated and committed citizenry which can only be driven by teachers.
Mr. Afelibiek Ababu, the National Vice President of the Association, explained that the lack of accommodation in most under-served communities in the country is a contributory factor, saying this is forcing teachers to cover long distances to school and thus leading to missing of “contact hours”.
He further explained that GNAT has identified the inability of the under-served communities to attract and retain teachers as a contributory factor why there is “no time for individual pupils”, saying the net result is poor academic performance which is affecting the quality of education.
The Association appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo and all stakeholders to institute necessary measures to halt the problem.