The Minister of Education Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has praise Ghanaian teachers for their selfless and hard work towards quality and sustainable education in the country.
According to the Education Minister, the important reforms introduced by the Ministry of Education will come to nothing without engaging the teachers, for the simple reason that the teachers are at the centre of the education system as the front-liners and engineers of quality learning outcomes.
He reiterated that, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s administration is motivated by “putting the teacher first” in the several reforms undertaken in the education space, focusing on positioning our teachers to acquire the right set of skills to deliver quality learning outcomes for our students.
The Sector Minister added that, one of the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic is the fact that the significance of our gallant, hardworking teachers is better appreciated by parents who suddenly have to deal with their boisterous young children round the clock.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh indicated that, Akufo-Addo’s government mantra has been and remains “Teacher First”. “This is what guided our key promise to restore the teacher training allowance that was abolished by the then Mahama led NDC government. We have kept to that promise! Our record as a government on teacher reforms has revolved around the nine UNESCO approved benchmarks as follows: Teacher recruitment and retention, Teacher education, Teacher deployment Career pathways, Teacher employment and working conditions, Teacher reward and remuneration, Teacher standards, Teacher accountability, School governance”