Teachers warned against long beards, heavy makeup
The Volta Regional Director of Education, Mr Francis Yao Agbemadi, has issued a stern warning to teachers who dress inappropriately, cautioning them of swift disciplinary actions.
According to him, teachers who sport long beards or dress indecently when coming to school will face consequences. Similarly, female teachers who arrive at school wearing heavy makeup, flamboyant dresses, or attire that reveals their intimate parts will also not escape disciplinary measures.
Mr Agbemadi made this declaration during the launch of 'My First Day at School' at the Methodist Basic School in Ziavi Dzogbe, near Ho.
According to him, teachers are expected to be role models for children, and their appearance on the job should always leave a positive impression on the children, especially in the context of early child development.
In light of this, teachers should not be seen wearing torn jeans, mini-skirts, T-shirts with offensive symbols or inscriptions, or sporting long beards.
Mr Agbemadi stated that some children, especially those attending school for the first time, might be frightened by teachers with long beards, making the school environment seem intimidating to them. Heavy makeup or flashy attire could also distract students from their lessons.
The Regional Director of Education maintained that a teacher whose appearance caused discomfort or distractions to a child was not serving the child's best interests.
The school environment, he insisted, must always be welcoming to the child, and teachers should be approachable to encourage children to attend school happily and discourage truancy.
The Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, urged children in suburban areas to take advantage of the availability of water and electricity in their communities and study diligently for a brighter future.
The Ho Municipal Director of Education, Esther Yeboah-Adzimah, called on parents to plan and save money to support their children's education.
The Paramount Chief of Ziavi, Togbe Kwaku Ayim IV, advised parents to ensure that their children did not go to school on an empty stomach. He also encouraged parents to collaborate with teachers in monitoring their children to ensure they stay on the right path.
The event saw about 40 children who were attending school for the first time being presented with books, pencils, and assorted gifts.