In Ghana, the saying that teachers will have their reward in heaven has made it impossible for governments upon governments to remunerate and compensate teachers well hence the refusal of teachers to accept working in some parts of the country.
However, the case is not the same for Mensah Kwame, a teacher at Lonpe MA Primary School, a school in Lonpe, in the Nanumba North District of the Northern Region.
Mensah Kwame is a 36-year-old teacher who is looking beyond all the glaring challenges to help rural pupils but as head teacher of the school, the burden is even higher.
Mensah Kwame’s connection with rural schools began when he completed college in 2009. He has since moved from one rural school to another and admits teaching at Lonpe is frustrating as it is dangerous.
He would have to traverse an incredibly long distance to be in school on time on his motorbike. But when this means of transport is unavailable, he may have to devise other means.
After a 9-kilometer ride offered him by a Good Samaritan who was returning from the hospital with his wife, he would have to swim across the River Dakar and then continue for three more kilometers.
These challenges coupled with poor infrastructure and lack of furniture and textbooks make this even direr a situation to make teachers accept working in such an environment.
In an interview, he said, “teaching in rural communities is not an easy task especially as I have to swim across this river every day to get to my school. My family is very worried,” he said.
“The pupils are at a huge disadvantage because I have to teach all the classes from Basic One to Six and this is stressful.”