The Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU), has appealed to government to employ more teaching and non-teaching staff to augment for the increase in the number of students’ due to the introduction of the free Senior High School policy.
At a press addressed by its General Secretary, Mr. Augustine Karbo, TEWU said, the flagship education policy could be affected should government fail to employ more.
‘’The free SHS has brought an increase in the student population in the various campuses; whether it is non-boarding or boarding… and it comes with an association of other factors that goes a long way to affect the working people..
He noted, before the free SHS, student population ranged between 1,000-2000 but the number has increased to over 3,000 and it gives you an idea that, the work load both for the teaching and non-teaching staff, have increased and for that matter, there would be the need for more hands and more logistics and materials to come on board. But that is not what we are seeing.’’
He added, some of the workers are going on retirement and others resigning voluntarily. However, they are not being replaced.
‘’So there is a gap in terms of the number of employees that are in the system compared with the increasing numbers which is not commiserating,’’ he concluded.