More than 16,000 Ghanaian teachers are seeking jobs in the education sector of the United Kingdom. The teachers applied for the jobs in 2023.
Professor Peter Quartey, the Director of the Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) is therefore urging the Ghana government to create more job opportunities for teachers to reduce the attrition rate.
He highlighted that many teachers seek better opportunities due to unemployment, low wages, and poor working conditions, urging authorities to address these issues for improved learning outcomes.
The Professor emphasized the importance of managing teacher migration and suggested a coordinated approach to maximize benefits for the country.
To regulate teacher migration, Prof Quartey proposed setting quotas and implementing agreements where migrant teachers contribute remittances to offset training costs.
Drawing inspiration from the Philippines, he highlighted how such measures had been successful in sectors like teaching and health, attracting foreign inflows.
Dr Christian Addai-Poku, the Registrar of the National Teaching Council, expressed concern about the high teacher attrition rate in 2023.
He noted that over 16,000 Ghanaian teachers had applied for positions in the UK, with approximately 10,000 receiving certification to work without further assessment by June 13, 2023.