March 30, 2023



Most teachers are hesitant to accept postings in rural areas due to the poor conditions there

Mensah Kwame, a teacher at Lonpe MA Primary School in the Northern Region’s Nanumba North District, disagrees.

Mensah Kwame, a 36-year-old instructor, is attempting to assist rural students despite all the obvious obstacles.

However, the pressure is even greater as the school’s head teacher.


He would have to ride his motorbike a very long way to get to school in time. 

But if this mode of transportation isn’t available, he could need to find another.

He would have to swim across the River Dakar after being given a 9-kilometer ride by a Good Samaritan who was traveling back from the hospital with his wife. He would then have to continue for three more kilometers.


This situation is made more worse by these difficulties, bad infrastructure, a shortage of furnishings, and a lack of textbooks.

Mensah Kwame first became involved with rural education after graduating from college in 2009; he has since transferred between schools and acknowledges that teaching at Lonpe is as dangerous as it is frustrating.

“I have to swim across this river every day to get to my school, so teaching in rural areas is not an easy endeavor. My family is quite worried,” he stated.

“I have to teach all the classes from Basic One to Six, and this is exhausting. The students are at a great disadvantage.”

The disparity in resource allocation between urban and rural areas has been maintained by education observers, and the final results need to be reviewed.

Kofi Asare, the executive director of Africa Education Watch Ghana, has been working hard in this area.

He thinks that if anything is to change, now is the time to demand specific action on rural education.

His organization recently conducted a survey, and the results showed that in 2021, more than 42,000 teachers left the field.

Additionally, according to Social Education Research data, at least 10,000 teachers quit their jobs as instructors each year to pursue other career options.

Particularly in rural areas, the situation still has an effect on both teachers and students.

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