The name Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang sent shivers down the spines of thousands of Ghanaian teachers. The profession took a nosedive due to the unfriendly policies the then Minister for Education implemented during the NDC era.
To say that Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang was the worst nightmare of teachers during her tenure as Education Minister would be an understatement. She was the very definition of excruciating hardships, despondency, insensitivity and oppression.
Teachers who had the misfortune to graduate during her time experienced hopelessness. Not only did she freeze transportation allowances for teachers who embarked on transfers, she also suffocated her teachers.
Teachers would work for two years or more without payment. After two years or more, they were paid three months salaries out of the two or more years they had worked.
Even before one could get paid, one would have gone through hell submitting documents upon documents. After the three months had been paid, one would also go through trials and tribulations with documents submissions before the rest would come.
Just to find reasons not to pay teachers and to trim down the number, almost every two months inspectorate division of GES would come to schools to check certificates.
The worst part was when schools were on vacation. It was around these times that teachers would be required to travel to their stations to have their certificates checked.
Woe betides any teacher who fails to comply with these draconian policies of Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang as that would either earn one his marching orders from the profession or months of embargo on salaries.
Parents and trainee teachers cannot forget the handiwork of Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang when she scrapped the allowances of teacher trainees.
Teaching learning materials and other incentives Government was to provide for teachers to effectively impart knowledge to students and pupils were scarce and any attempts to get authorities to do the needful would always end in one being sanctioned. Matilda Amissah-Arthur’s infamous “We won’t give you chalk today nor tomorrow” was a direct byproduct of Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang’s incompetent administration as the Minister for Education.
The running mate to the incompetent one represents death itself to teachers. She subjected teachers to hell! She brought only cruel policies which plunged teachers into worse conditions.
The teaching profession would suffocate under Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang if she and her party are elevated by Ghanaians in the 2020 elections. Reject the incompetent duo!