Teachers can’t be millionaires comment: President Akufo-Addo made a fundamental falsehood – Prof. Gyampo

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The authenticity of President Akufo-Addo’s comment that no one goes into teaching and expect to be a millionaire has been challenged by a Political Scientist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo.

The maverick political scientist is of the view that the president’s statement is not supported by the historical facts he has gathered through a search of archived documents and discussions held with some surviving retired teachers, Members of Parliament and seasoned academics who experienced the regime of Kwame Nkrumah, such as Prof Ivan Addae Mensah, former politician and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana.

According to Professor Gyampo, the information available to him indicates that before independence in 1951, up to the end of the First Republic, University Teachers were valued as crucial in producing a critical mass of nation builders for Ghana. They were, therefore, among the highly paid Public Servants in Ghana.

In write up copied to ABC News, the senior lecturer cited that the salaries of lecturers in Ghana were similar to those of their counterparts in the UK. A lecturer was paid a sum of £1,040 per annum while a Member of Parliament received £960 per annum.

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“Teachers and heads of secondary schools were paid so well that even government appointees took delight in serving as head teachers. For instance, Chapman Nyaho, a Secretary to Cabinet and Ghana’s Ambassador to the US, was willing to accept appointment as Headmaster of Achimota School. Isaac Chinebuah, a Senior Lecturer at the Linguistics Department of the University of Ghana, also accepted to teach and, subsequently, become head at the Achimota School. Also, Mr EA Haizel, father of the immediate past Registrar of the University of Ghana, who was with the African Studies Department of the University of Ghana, accepted an appointment as head of the Achimota School,” excerpts of Prof. Gyampo’s write up read.

To him, what has resulted in the current worsened plight of teachers is as a result of the failure of successive governments, both military and civilian, to increase the salaries of teachers as well as their conditions of service although politicians have seen a tremendous increase in their salaries and conditions of service.

With this information, he concluded that President Akufo-Addo’s comment is a clear instance of misstatement and very unfortunate to have come from him. He therefore admonished politicians to emulate German Chancellor, Angela Merkel who believes you cannot pay other professionals more than the teachers who taught them.

“Regrettably, subsequent regimes, since the overthrow of Nkrumah, have had no clue about the value of a motivated teacher towards nation building. President Akufo-Addo recently made an unfortunate remark that no one goes into teaching and expect to be a millionaire. This is a fundamental mis-statement of historical fact. Teachers were well paid and could afford to buy their own luxury vehicles and build their mansions. If today, people who go into teaching cannot hope to become millionaires, na who cause am?,” the secretary-elect of UTAG-UG expressed.

 

Prof. Gyampo writes: Salaries and Conditions of Service of Teachers: A Historical Note

SourceABC News

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