2005-05-12 12:28:07This article has been read 866 times.
Alhaji Addrisu Adam, acting Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive, has appealed to striking basic school teachers in the Tamale Metropolis to resume classes.
The teachers on Monday embarked on a sit-down strike to demand a quick action by the law courts in an assault case in which a parent beat one of their colleagues. The case has been reportedly adjourned five times and the teachers consider the delay as "justice denied."
He said that there was no justification for them to abandon the classrooms because the case was delayed at the law courts. "Parents can also take you to court for your unjustified action," he said. Alhaji Adam made the appeal at a meeting with regional executives of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Metropolitan Directorate of the GES, headmasters of basic schools and members of the metropolitan assembly in Tamale on Tuesday.
The meeting was to dialogue with the leadership as to how best they could solve the impasse that led to the strike and also to work out measures that would help create good report between teachers and parents. Alhaji Adam said "there is a contract between the government, parents and teachers," and warned that any attempt by one party to breach that contract would not be taken kindly.
"Let us show some level of maturity and professionalism in dealing with the issue to win public sympathy and support," he said. Alhaji Adam said that the performance of schools at the basic education level placed the region in the 60th position last year as against the 29th the previous year and that their action would further worsen the situation.