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No teaching without textbooks and Curriculum – Teachers to GES, NaCCA

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No textbooks, no teaching; no Curriculum no teaching. This is the first strongest indication to GES, NaCCA, and MoE from teachers as schools are scheduled to reopen for pre-tertiary schools from 15th January 2020.

It looks like teaching without textbooks will not be entertained by teachers as was the case for two terms when the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) introduced a new curriculum for KG to Basic School.

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The other day, a senior lecturer in UEW asked, “have you ever seen teachers going on strike or demonstration because there’s no textbook, TLM or other conditions? No! Its always about money?”

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A very nice observation indeed. But, GES, NaCCA and MOE should expect a paradigm shift. We are not ready to condone that abnormality anymore.

Asking teachers to go to school and teach without providing them with very curriculum they would use to guide their teaching and no textbook is like sending soldiers to war without providing them weapons and ammunition. No matter the training you give them, they are bound to be defeated.

The same is happening. You spend so much to research and craft a beautiful curriculum-a standard basis one for that matter but dragging feet in supplying the needed resources to drive its implementation. How do you expect to achieve your aim? You can’t pretend to know the importance of a timely supply of textbooks and other teaching and learning materials to the successful implementation.

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We have managed two terms without it, and it has not been a nice experience at all. We were only saved by Corona. We are not ready to do that again. We are not also ready to accept any more excuses because you have all the school closure periods to get the job done.

To cut a long story short, Do what is needed or prepare for a sit-down strike. You can’t continue taking us for granted and later turn around to blame us when the children fail to perform to expectations. Give us the needed tools and equipment, if we fail, we would shoulder the blame professionally. We are ready to serve.


Source: Hon Jerry Akporhor Lead Educator @informedteachersnetwork

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