Oh no, teacher's bunked off again

1st August 2008 at 01:00

In the wider Ghanaian education system things aren't so rosy, it would seem. In fact, it's been brought to the attention of The TES that lesson-dodging among primary teachers has reached epidemic proportions.

Academics from the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development found nearly half were absent on five or more visits to schools by the research team over just one month.

Work-shirking was highest on a Monday, at 24 per cent, declined midweek and shot up to 40 per cent on a Friday. Clearly the mantra "Thursday is the new Friday" is well known in Accra town.

Amazingly, their absences seem to go largely unremarked by the authorities: nine out of 10 had not been warned about it in the past 12 months - which makes the odd "duvet day" look rather inoffensive.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today