Some teachers have petitioned President Akufo-Addo to make Teachers Day, which usually falls on October 5 every year, a national holiday.
Among other reasons, the Teachers claim that permission to participate in activities to observe the day is sometimes denied to certain of their colleagues.
The professionals said in a petition signed by Isaac Owusu, President of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), and Larry Agbador, Editor-in-Chief of the Colleges of Education Journal, that while they welcome the President’s efforts to improve education, the holiday must be created.
“We believe that as a profession that raises all professionals, if we can’t do anything for ourselves as teachers, it is high time we get it as a public holiday for teachers,” they clearly stated.
Teachers described multiple occasions in which certain education directors prohibited them from attending events commemorating Teachers Day.
“For example, this year we’ll be going to Tamale to celebrate the national one; a teacher at Kokomlemle Basic School will be in the classroom teaching on the same day while others are celebrating in Tamale.”
“However, we believe that the President’s use of his office to ensure that [October 5 is recognized as a public holiday] would be the most thoughtful gift,” they said.
The GNAT President, in an interview with JoyNews, urged state officials to honor the petition and take the necessary steps.
“Apart from farmers, the teacher is the one who develops the nation, moulds future Presidents, and moulds future journalists,” he said.
“I don’t think it would be suicidal for us to declare that we already have too many holidays and that we can’t add the teacher’s holiday to the mix.” We honor people who have passed on even if they are no longer alive.”