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04.12.2005 Regional News

Birim South GNAT honours retired teachers

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Akyem Manso, Dec. 4, GNA - The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has presented a cheque for five million cedis to Mr Jonas Odame, a teacher of the Akyem Akroso Nazareth Primary School in the Birim South District who is now blind, at a ceremony at Akyem Manso. The presentation of the cheque coincided with an award ceremony for 30 teachers who had retired this year.

Among the retired teachers was Mr Peter Kofi Adorku, an Assistant Director of Education, who had taught for 40 years. Speaking at the function, the District GNAT Chairman, Mr Kofi Appiahene Osei-Akoto, appealed to the government to reward teachers adequately to enable them to give of their best.

He condemned the utterances of some people who alluded that teachers were being manipulated by opponents of the government when they embarked on a sit- down strike recently, saying, "teachers have the minds of their own to think straight."

Mr Osei-Akoto, however, appealed to teachers not to be demoralized in the face of challenges facing them but to continue to work hard, making sure they prepare their lesson notes and are punctual to school. The District Chief Executive, Mr Kwame Busumtwi, assured the teachers that government was making efforts to improve upon their service conditions.

He asked the District GNAT leadership not to hesitate to call at his office for dialogue whenever they had any grievances.

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