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GOV'T TO MAKE TEACHING ATTRACTIVE - President Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his government would restore the teaching profession to the status it once enjoyed and make it attractive to people who want to take it up as career.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his government would restore the teaching profession to the status it once enjoyed and make it attractive to people who want to take it up as career.

 

According to the President, the teaching profession should not 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 benefits.”

President Nana Akufo-Addo said this when he delivered the keynote address at the 21st Congregation Ceremony of the University of Education, Winneba, on Saturday.

He stated that government would be facilitating teacher training nationwide and create special incentives for them, such as support for teachers to acquire their own homes. This, he added, would be done in collaboration with the Ghana National Association of Teachers and other teacher associations.

“We will also support teachers to enroll in Distance Education programmes to boost their capacity. This is in line with our policy of motivating teachers, and rewarding their hard work in the classroom. It is for this reason that government, from September, is re-introducing the teacher training allowance that was cancelled by the previous government,” President Nana Akufo-Addo said.

The President again pledged that his government would partner and support public universities in the country with the aim of raising and improving their standards, so they can compete with the best on the continent.

According to President Nana Akufo-Addo, “Ghanaian Universities should be ranked amongst the top 10 on the continent. 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 feat.”

The President also stressed that research and innovation would be at the heart of education in Ghana, as “this would ensure that our graduates from our educational institutions enter the labour market well-equipped with skills for good-paying jobs.”

On the recent happenings of the University where the school was recently closed down following a court ruling that some actions taken by the school’s council was illegal, President Nana Akufo-Addo urged the newly constituted Governing Council of the University to do all within its power to see to an amicable settlement of all matters currently pending before the Winneba High Court.

The current challenges, in the President’s view, can be best surmounted if all stakeholders act within the confines of the law and respect the rule of law.

“Court decisions are not always pleasant, but they are, in principle, the surest way of resolving disputes. Let us not through our utterances, actions and inactions undermine the authority of our courts,” he said.

In the same vein, President Nana Akufo-Addo urged the chairperson of the governing council to ensure that the Council puts in place measures to seal all loopholes of waste and the abuse of public funds.

“I encourage all lecturers to resume full academic duties and use the university’s processes to resolve any outstanding grievances,” he added.

Applauding the school for its position as the citadel of teacher education in Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo commended the University for its Pioneering Role in distance education, noting that UEW is now a pacesetter in distance learning, with 37 study centres spread across the country.

He noted that 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.

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.