Government would pay attention to the professional development of teachers – President Akufo-Addo

By Ken
Sackey, GNA

Winneba (C/R), July 29, GNA – President Nana
Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Saturday said government would pay special attention
to the professional development of teachers as the nation marched ahead on the
road to progress.

He said teachers were the key change agents
needed for the acceleration of the transformative change programmes of his
government, thus his administration would ensure that the Ghanaian teacher
became pivotal in the development agenda of the country. 

President Akufo-Addo said this at the second
session of the 21st congregation of the University of Education Winneba (UEW),
at which some 10,587 students graduated from the university at various levels.

The number comprised 6,644 and 3,943 graduands
from the Northern and Southern sectors of the University respectively. The
total figure is made up of 904 postgraduate, 6,000 bachelor’s degrees and 3,675
diploma awards. Out of the lot, 1,464 have been certified as professional
teachers in various fields of expertise.

Touching on the critical importance of
teachers of developing the competencies of teachers, the President explained
that the economic success of most modern societies was inter-related with the professional
role of teachers and education in general.

“Almost all modern, successful societies that
have had outstanding results in training and economic development such as
Singapore, Finland, Korea and Canada have shown that teacher quality is the
single most important determinant of their successes.

“For us also to make a success of our nation,
we must pay attention to teachers. It is only a crop of well-trained,
self-confident and contented teachers that can deliver the educated and skilled
workforce we require to transform our economy,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo said Government intends
to restore the teaching profession to the status it once enjoyed, and make it
an attractive career choice.

He said teaching should no longer be seen as a
stop-gap measure or a job of last resort, but as a viable choice to enter a
well-paid, well respected profession with long term career prospects and good

Accordingly, government, he said, intends to
facilitate teacher training nationwide, as well as institute special incentives
for them, such as support for teachers to acquire their own homes.

The President said in line with the policy to
motivate teachers and reward their hard work in the classroom, government would
also support teachers to enroll in Distance Education programmes to boost their

It is for this reason that government, he
said, would from September 2017, re-introduce the teacher training allowance
that was revoked by the previous government.

The President said government, as a policy
measure, would partner and support the UEW, as well as all the other public
Universities in the country, to raise and improving standards to enable them
compete with the best on the Continent.

He was hopeful that Ghanaian universities
would be ranked amongst the top 10 on the continent after the many
interventions being made, saying, “This is not beyond us to achieve, and my
government will ensure that universities are equipped with the requisite
logistics and guarantee that lecturers are well motivated to achieve this

President Akufo-Addo further re-echoed the
push for research and innovation to be at the heart of education in Ghana, as
this would ensure that graduates enter the labour market, well-equipped with
skills for good-paying jobs.

For this to happen, the President said Ghana
needed to move from being an economy dependent on the export of raw materials
to an economy of value-addition, to create the hundreds of thousands of jobs
needed by graduates from tertiary, technical, vocational and senior high

“We must process the natural resources we have
to enable us reap higher benefits. It is with this aim of transforming our
economy that my government is determined to partner the private sector to set
up strategic industries to help create jobs for our youth.

“Sixty years after independence, the progress
we have made has been slower than it should have been. It is time to take the
bold moves that will enable us make rapid progress to transform our economy and
the lives of Ghanaians. A society that aims to transform itself into a modern,
productive player in the global market needs an educated workforce; and that
means it must get its educational policies right, “ he said.

Drawing inspiration from the Singaporean
success story as a leading economy in the world with most advanced and
successful education system, which came about as a result of it’s leaders
making education the focus of all development efforts, even with the
disadvantage of them not having the kind of resources many other countries had.

He said Ghana, unlike Singapore, was blessed
with natural resources and it should be easier to educate the population, “once
we summon the courage to make the right decisions.”

“My government has made education one of its
topmost priorities. Instead of the revenues from our mineral and oil resources
ending up in the hands of a few people, I am of the firm belief that the most
equitable and progressive way of using these revenues is to educate and empower
our population.”

“We must face and overcome the challenge of
banishing illiteracy in our country. We must produce a well-educated, well
trained populace, capable of functioning effectively as economic actors in a
growth oriented, modernised, industrialised society.

“We must begin demonstrating our common
commitment to the education of our children by respecting teachers. We cannot
value education for our children and yet disrespect the teachers who teach
them. I am committed to ensuring that teachers get better pay, better working
conditions, a more secure retirement and the respect of their fellow citizens.

“We must deploy our resources to provide a
quality education from quality teachers in a quality educational system,” he

The President urged all stakeholders in the
recent happenings at UEW to speedily resolve the current challenges that have
destabilized the management of the institution, and entreated all lecturers to
resume full academic duties and use the university’s processes to resolve any
outstanding grievances.


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