Teachers lay the foundation of every country as far as education is concerned. Without teachers, the human resources of a country will be limited therefore teaching is seen as a noble profession but with unfavorable benefits, thus in the case of the Ghanaian teacher. There are reasons why every teacher devotes his/her life to educating individuals. It is not about the monthly salary and it isn’t about the termly or semester vacation.
There are deeper reasons than the above and while they are personal, they all boil up to the intent of making impact in people’s lives. There is demand for great teachers in Ghana and a person trained to become a teacher in response to that need to answer these questions; what is calling me? Why do I want to teach?
The following should be considered by every teacher posted to the classroom. You are in the classroom to perform the following duties
To improve the quality of education in the country
To demand great teachers is a tangible pressing need in every country. This is why the ministry of education and the Ghana Education Service keeps introducing courses that seek to upgrade teachers to improve their teaching skills and methodologies. There are still schools in Ghana that are still in dire need because of budgetary concerns and low teacher retention, and students still continue to drop out of school at an alarming rate.
However, one reason to become a teacher is to make an impact in the education system. The moment a teacher realizes that there is a need to improve the quality of education in Ghana, then you should be the ambassador of the said change. Although there are a lot of works to be done-it is the collective effort of thousands of hardworking and dedicated teachers will make the most difference.
It is true that the district directors of education and the government officials at the ministry of education have the impact at the legislative level -but it is the teacher who has a direct impact on the student in the classroom (where learning takes place). It’s a fact that as a teacher, you will not be able to improve the quality for every student in Ghana but you will be able to improve the quality of some of them. Therefore, over a long productive, and long career, you might have impacted the lives of thousands of students.
TO GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY
One of the reasons for becoming a teacher not only in Ghana but in every part of the world is to give back to the community. This can be in cash or kind. This deals with contributing in a meaningful way by teaching. Teaching is one of the most direct ways a teacher can give back to society, and if you have the desire to help those around you then being a teacher is an invaluable contribution to the community.
Perhaps you grew up in a high-needs area and due to this circumstance, you are personally connected to the struggle and woes of students coming from low-income families and goes to school with little or no funding; this sort of situation or perspective allows you to recognize the devotion a teacher can make. Maybe an amazing teacher changed your life during your childhood days and you will wish to share that with the new generation of students. With this, many students will cite you to be their favorite teacher and as their source of inspiration in their decision to pursue their career in education.
TO CHANGE THE LIVE OF STUDENTS
The responsibilities of teachers go beyond the classroom. As a teacher, you should consider yourself to be more than just an educator; you are a mentor, a confidant, and a friend. A major reason to being a teacher is to impact and change the lives of students; make a difference in the lives of as many students as possible. Also, a great teacher will help a child with low-self-esteem, shape their lives and essentially take part in shaping the next generation