The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has appealed to Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to ensure that qualified teachers are posted to teach in the Kindergarten and the Lower Primary levels.

This it said would help to build a solid and sound foundation for the pupils.

Ms Philippa Larsen, GNAT Acting President, who made the appeal at the launch of this year's World Teachers Day in Accra, said the Association is very much concerned about laying a solid foundation for pupils from the Kindergarten level.

This year's celebration on the theme: 'Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status,' would be observed at Sunyani Jubilee Park in the Brong Ahafo Region on October 5.

Ms Larsen said the theme was to highlight the decline in teacher status and condition over the last few years.

'This unfortunate situation has arisen mainly due to sub-standard teacher preparation programmes and recruitment of unqualified personnel; infringements on academic freedom and professional autonomy; serious violations of teachers' human and trade union rights; and poor salaries and working conditions…,' she said.

She said those negative trends must be reversed 'if we are serious about placing value on teachers and improving their status'.

She, therefore, called on the membership to conduct themselves professionally in the discharge of their duties as well as their community lives.

On re-training programmes, Ms Larsen said, a total of 1,282 teachers benefitted from In-service Training Programme at three Centres during the year.

She said the programme is meant to sharpen the pedagogical skills of the members in key subject areas to ensure improved delivery in their schools.

'As an Association, we believe that using part of our revenue to periodically re-train our members is in the right direction although we are very much aware of the fact that it is the duty of the Ghana Education Service which is the teacher's employer,' she said.

Mr David Ofori Acheampong, GNAT General Secretary, said honouring teachers should not only come from the employers but students, parents and the society at large also have a responsibility to honour teachers.

Each year, the GNAT lines up a series of activities including quiz competitions, fun games, radio discussions and clean-up exercises to herald the celebration, which was set aside worldwide, to celebrate the role of the teacher.