Trainee teachers demonstrate over compulsory national service

Trainee teachers demonstrate over compulsory national service

- Education ministry's decision to compel teacher trainees to undergo the mandatory one year National Service, has left many of them infuriated

- The teacher trainees say they do not understand why they are being compelled to partake in the service when they have already done one year of teaching practice

Some unemployed teachers on Wednesday demonstrated against the government for failing to adequately post them.

The protestors converged on the Obra Spot at Circle in Accra to start their march in a bid to get the government to heed their pleas.

The trainee teachers, numbering over hundred, said they are demonstrating over a directive from government to post them as National Service Personnel.

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Their intention was to march to the Hearts of Oak Park to present a petition the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh.

Speaking to Accra-based Citi FM, the nurses lamented that they were originally supposed to be posted in September, but are now being forced to go back and do national service.

They maintain that the will resist any attempt to compel them to do the national service since they have already done the mandatory teaching practice.

Although we were supposed to be posted in September, we’ve been in the house since we completed school in July. But all that we hear is that we should go back and do national service although we have done our teaching practice.

“They should allow the Ghana Education Service (GES) to post us. They should come clean on their intentions because we don’t know whether we will be laid off after NSS,” one of the protesting nurses is quoted as saying

The demonstration was led by the Coalition of Unemployed Teachers Association, with students from the St. Vincent College of Education in Yendi also joining in.

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They warned that they are ready to “soil” themselves if the demonstration fails to yield the needed results.

“The third year of our training is when we go out and have our teaching practice. For us, that is serving as our national service," they argued.

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Source: Yen

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