Promotion of teachers is no longer automatic – Education Minister

Stephen Asante/Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA

Kumasi, July 15, GNA –
Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education, has advised Ghanaian teachers,
particularly those serving in public basic schools, to strive to live up to the
demands of their job.

He said they ought to
demonstrate high sense of discipline, commitment and respect for the code of
conduct of their profession in order to enhance quality education delivery.

“The Ministry is
determined to ensuring that teachers’ promotion is based on competency,
hardwork and other relevant requirements per the National Teachers Council’s
demands”, he noted.

This was contained in
a speech read on his behalf at the fifth graduation of the Jackson College of
Education (JCE), Kumasi, on Saturday.

In all, 2, 334 trainee
teachers passed out and were awarded Diploma in Basic Education through
Distance Learning, and were jointly awarded by the JCE and the University of
Education, Winneba (UEW).

Master Abraham Korang
of the Berekum Campus of the JCE, emerged the overall best graduating teacher,
and his cumulative assessment grades were considered as the best so far in the
history of the institution.

This year’s graduation
saw the passing out of four physically-challenged persons, who were all given
special undisclosed prizes.

Since its commencement
in 2009, the College, a subsidiary institution of the Jackson Educational
Complex, and the nation’s premier accredited private college of education
running distance education, had produced over 6, 000 teachers.

Dr Opoku Prempeh
reminded the teachers that teaching was one of selflessness and dedication, and
that, they were required to give their all for the benefit of their pupils and

He lauded Professor
and Mrs Jackson, founders of the College, for complementing the government’s efforts
to give professional training to teachers.

He advocated a strong
public-private partnership in achieving educational goals of the nation,
explaining that government alone could not shoulder the full responsibility of
educational demands.

Professor Reynolds
Okine, Principal of the UEW, Kumasi Campus, advised the teachers to shun all
forms of malpractices that could dent the image of the profession.

The UEW, he said,
would continue to assist and mentor the JCE to keep the institution on track to
meeting its set objectives.

Professor Samuel
Afrane, Council Chairman of the Jackson Educational Complex, encouraged the
graduating trainee teachers not to refuse postings to the rural communities.


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