The National President of the Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana (TTAG) Jephthah Nana Kwame says the strike of Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) hampers academic calendar, forcing shifts in academic schedules and impeding continuity of learning.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Association’s 27th General Assembly held at GNAT Village, Abankro-Ejusi in the Ashanti region said, the CETAG industrial strike has thrown them into dilemma where their members had to deal with regular strikes from CETAG.
He explained that, the recent strike action has further exacerbated the challenges faced by Teacher Trainees. The cumulative effect of the CETAG strikes, witnessed in prior years as well, has consistently hampered the academic calendar, forcing shifts in academic schedules and impeding the continuity of learning.
“The educational journey of Teacher Trainees has been marred by prolonged changes in the academic calendar which these recurrent disruptions have far-reaching consequences on the academic progress of Teacher Trainees.” He said.
Jephthah Nana Kwame noted with worried that, the extended breaks from classes and the inability to follow a consistent academic calendar impede the quality and depth of learning.
He stressed that, CETAG strike hampers the practical experiences and field training essential for aspiring educators to develop the skills required to contribute meaningfully to the nation’s educational landscape.
“Moreover, the strikes have led to instances of some students being dismissed due to non-performance in 2018, meanwhile, the disarray in academic schedules has caused student fatigue and hindered their overall performance.”
“Such interruptions also impact the meticulous planning and preparation required to nurture Teacher Trainees into the competent educators that our society needs.”
“Therefore, these strike actions are very detrimental to the development of teacher training and education.” He said.