Some members of the Ghana National Association of Teachers GNAT have petitioned the president of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Akufo Addo to declare Teachers day which is celebrated 5th of October every year as a public holiday.
According to these Teachers, some of their members sometimes are denied permission to absent themselves on the 5th of October to honor the activities of the teacher’s day celebration.
In a letter signed by the current president of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) Mr. Isaac Owusu and the Editor in Chief of the Colleges of Education journal, Mr. Larry Agbador said although they thank the president for what he did for teachers, but the holiday on the 5th October must be constituted for teachers.
“We feel that as a profession that raises all professionals, if we cannot do anything for us as teachers, at least for the 5th October, it is high time we got it as a public holiday for teachers,” the letter stated.
The group of Teachers recounted how some district directors of Education have blatantly denied Teachers permission to observe the 5th of October as teachers’ day.
“For instance, this year we’d be going to Tamale to celebrate the national one; a teacher in Kokomlemle Basic School, while others are celebrating in Tamale, will be in the classroom teaching on the same day.
“But we believe that it would be the nicest gift that the President will use his authority to make sure that [October 5 is recognised as a public holiday],” they group argued.