SAD VIDEO: Ghanaian teacher shares how he crosses a river and walks over 1Km to school

Kennedy Hatekah
Kennedy Hatekah

Teaching in Ghana has always been underscored by the public especially when it has to do with the villages and hinterlands in the country.

Just recently, the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was dragged on social media after he mentioned in a viral video that, ‘no one goes into teaching in any part of the world to become a millionaire.’

A teacher who is known on Facebook as Kennedy Hatekah has taken to the platform to share how students and teachers struggle to access their schools on daily basis.


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According to him, accommodation and electricity are unavailable in the community he was posted to teach and as such teachers who teach in the school live in a neighboring community which is more than one (1) kilometer from the school and commute on foot on daily basis to the school due to.

The two communities according to him are separated by a river. As such, the only way of accessing either of them is by using a canoe or a footbridge which is in a really bad shape.

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The teacher also mentioned that in the rainy season when the river overflows, the option of the footbridge is thrown out leaving the use of the canoe and whoever cannot swim has his/her life in the balance.

In the post, Kennedy narrates his school has no Junior High School (JHS) and that leaves Basic six students who are due for JHS with the option of walking the 1km journey and using a canoe or the dilapidated wooden foot bridge everyday to the community where he lives.


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He further mentioned that, where he’s teaching, there are only 4 Teachers handling 8 classes and hence they can’t create Junior High School at their School rather than allowing them cross the river to the nearby school.

Our checks revealed that, Mr. Kennedy Hatekah teaches in one of the schools in the hinterlands of the Keta Municipality of the Volta Region.

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The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) which is the mother labour union of teachers in August 2020 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which is a new Condition of Service with the Government of Ghana (GoG) for teachers all over the country.

The said condition of service which was supposed to take effect from January 2021, contains a number of good news for teachers including allowance for teachers in hard-to-reach communities, allowance for permanent posting and allowance for transfers.

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However, as of June 2021, our checks revealed thar no single content of the Memo has been implemented and both the teacher unions and the government are quiet about it.




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