Minister of Education, Mathew Opoku Prempeh has fired shots at trainee teachers who have vouched to reject attempts by the government to perform a compulsory national service before they are employed by the state.
According to the Minister, whether the trainee teachers like it or not, they will undertake their national service.
Speaking at an event in Accra on Thursday, November 8, the Manhyia MP said “I heard the teacher trainees say that ‘yes, we are going to do induction and probation’ but ‘we don’t want to do national service’, really? When we say your induction and probation period is the same as your national service period, why don’t you want to do it? Nurses do it, doctors do it, lawyers do it. Everybody who has gone through the tertiary system does national services.”
“So, everybody is going to do it. It is a fight I’ll love because you have to tell me why you are better than somebody else. If you don’t do your national service, we don’t get to employ you. We are going to do it.”
The trainee teachers on Wednesday embarked on a demonstration protesting directive by the education ministry that they must perform a mandatory national service before they will be employed by the state.
By: Joseph Nii Ankrah