Months after Michael Owusu Afriyie popularly known as Teacher Kwadwo was sacked by Ghana Education Service (GES), he has released the video that caused his sack.
In a long write up which was attached to the video, Teacher Kwadwo claimed a new building had been built for the students but the authorities were using it for other things.
According to him, after filming the building, they told him to delete the video which he hesitated to do it and that made them connive and lied against him to get him sacked.
Over the past few months, I have held my tongue over some of the things I witnessed during my time as a teacher in the Akrofuom District.
Several of these incidents I have recorded and continue to keep as a video library documenting some of the experiences of primary school education in Ghana.
Many of you do not know this, but this particular video was the reason why the District GES came after me. After I recorded this video, the District summoned me in expectation that I will delete the video. When I refused that’s when they came at me with full force.
I know that many of you in a similar situation would have kept quiet, received your salary and treated this as an ordinary job. Like the headmaster in this video, you will lack the backbone to demand better for the students under your care. There are infact so many teachers who chose everyday to look the other way, just for the salary.
For me, teaching was not just a job. It is a calling; and a profession I loved. I could not in good conscience keep quiet about some of the things I witnessed as a teacher in the Ghana Education service.
If we refuse to be honest about the problems that confront us as a nation, We will tarry to make progress as a people.
If we have any love in our hearts for the children in this country; those whose parents cannot afford private education for them; we will demand better. I was chased out of the GES because I was devoted to the truth.
I pray for the day when Ghanaians will stick up for those who seek the better for our institutions.
I believe that the time to #FixGES is now! And it can only happen if we have empathy for those less fortunate than us and our children. If we show a desire to say enough is enough
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