The newly assigned District Education Officer of Ganta, Mr. Lynol Mantor has disclosed that many of the problems in our school system today were due to laissez-faire(lax) attitudes of school administrations and their teachers
Making the disclosure to reporters recently, Mr. Mantor said based on his observation on school campuses he had visited in his district; school administrations and teachers are not committed to their duties by being punctual.
He added that he is going to be very tough on teacher’s attendance records and make sure that they are fully intact in all public schools under his control.
“I am going to start with the teachers first. If they are supposed to be in class at certain time and don’t show up, what do you expect the students to do?” he asked rhetorically.
“I am going to go from school to school to see the attendance roster of teachers; their time in and time out,” he added.
Mr. Mantor said, “If the student is in uniform doing different things in the street during school hours, the principal should be able to answer the question, why?”
In the Ganta School System, parents prefer sending their children to private schools rather than public ones because on many occasions, students attending public school are seen roaming the campuses during school hours when they are supposed to be in classes learning.
One of the reasons for students roaming their campuses during school hours is government paid teachers who are teaching in more than two schools daily. This situation makes it hard for them to be to their various classes on time.
“I will make sure schools that are lacking teachers are being staffed adequately; and schools that are overstaffed be staffed evenly,” he asserted.
“If any school doesn’t meet up with the criteria for a high school by bringing qualified staff, I am going to cut the school down to Jr. High level,” he added.
“I have observed that some schools have only one BSc Degree holder and they are running a high school. Can one BSc Degree holder alone teach a high school?” he queried.
Mr. Mantor also called on money lenders in Ganta to cooperate with his office to ensure effective teaching; because some teachers are in the habit of taking loans. Upon receiving such money, they abandon their duties and do something else.
“Many teachers who get cash from these money lenders sometimes take 10 months’ salary advance and go to their villages and abandon classes”, he explained.
“Before they give loans any of my teachers, my office should be notified,” he asserted.
In Ganta, there are two money lenders, Pheree Dekpah and Sam Brown. Their businesses are patronized equally to banks in Ganta.