The former Minister of Education Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has disclosed that, he has succeeded as Minister of Education because of teachers unions and there membership thus teachers across the country.
According to him, the constant dialogue of teacher unions on behalf of their members have grated the New Patriotic Party government led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo through the Ministry of Education the room to operate. He added that, he will truly miss them as he vacates the Ministry.
Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh said this in a meeting with the leadership of the Pre-tertiary Unions (NAGRAT, GNAT and CCT) on Tuesday, 26th January 2021 to bid them farewell as he draw the curtains on his administrative tenure as Minister of Education.
Dr. Prempeh has therefore shared some fond memories he had together with the teacher unions and also took the opportunity to thank them for their cooperation with the Ministry of Education at various critical decision points.
He said, notably, the unions cooperated with him and his team during the roll out of the Free Senior High School programme in 2017 and its subsequent modifications, the revision of the objective-based curriculum, and bringing teachers up to speed with the new teaching techniques required for the standards-based curriculum.
Prempeh further said, the unions also ensured that their members were on board during the Teacher Reforms which encompassed a new curriculum, a phase-out of the diploma programme for Colleges of Education and the agreement with the University of Cape Coast to upgrade diploma holders to degree holders within a relatively short period.
“We have also been working on acquiring laptops for all teachers, something the union leaders have acknowledged as being unprecedented. This feeds into President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s National Digitisation agenda. It is my hope that when teachers receive their laptops, they will become more comfortable in using technology as a tool in an era where blended education is the norm.” He explained.
“If I succeeded as Minister of Education, it was partly because these major stakeholders, the teachers, through constant dialoguing, granted the government room to operate. I will truly miss them.” Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh said.