Hon. Andrew Dari Chiwitey, Member of Parliament for the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba Constituency in the Savannah Region, has called on the Ministry of Education to post more teachers to public schools in the District to enhance effective teaching and learning.
According to him, the District needs about 566 teachers to help improve on its poor performance in education.
The appeal was made when the MP who is also the Deputy Ranking Member of Parliament’s Select Committee of Works and Housing, filed a question in Parliament seeking for answers from the sector Minister on the acute shortage of teachers in his constituency.
He said almost all schools in the area suffered staff attrition which was hindering education in the area.
In some schools, one can find only one teacher teaching from the kindergarten to the Junior High School (JHS) level and in some instances community has to engage teachers and pay them, he asserted.
He said he had sent letters to the ministry for additional teachers but had not received any positive response and hence urged them to speed up the process to help address the acute shortage of teachers in the schools.
The two terms Legislator, expressed worry at the present state of education in the Constituency.
According to him, teachers in the constituency who had acquired diploma’s and had written their licensure examination and passed are left unattended to as Government had denied them postings.
He said raising the level of education in the Constituency, which spans Sawla Tuna, Kalba, Kulmasa , Gindabor, and other towns was his number one priority.
The MP praised the people for their interest in education and the willingness to send their children to school, but observed that the lack of teachers was a discouraging factor.
He added that he recently visited the Tuna Senior High Technical School which had a teacher deficit of over 30.
“I see education as the way to salvation, and for that matter I have liaised with the communities to provide classroom structures to bring education to their door steps”, Hon. Andrew said
He also complained about inadequate furniture in the schools that was affecting effective teaching and learning in the area.