Perceived causes of Teacher Dissatisfaction in Sekondi –Takoradi District of Ghana
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 8 No. 2 (2007): Vol-8-Issue-2-February-2007
A teacher’s job satisfaction is one of the most essential issues for educational systems around the
world. Next to pupils, teachers are the largest, most extensive, crucial and key to improving quality in
any educational system (Afe, 2001; Stuart, 2002). This paper focuses on the third world country of
Ghana where according to Bame 1992 and Akoto -Danso (2006) teachers are often in short supply.
Akoto- Danso documented that enrolment into basic schools in Ghana has gone up by 17% from 3.7
million to a record of 4.3 million.
However, he noted that such increase has not been matched by the number of trained teachers leaving
a deficit of 17000 teachers required to fill the gaps across the country. We wonder how the government
of Ghana is to achieve the goal of the UN by 2015 where all children of school going age in the country
are expected to be in school. This is where we believe teacher job satisfaction becomes crucial if any
meaningful success is to be achieved. This papers therefore identify and discusses the issues which
influence the teachers’ satisfaction in the Sekondi –Takoradi District indeed, we concentrate on
workload and conditions of service such as salary as part of the key elements causing teachers to be