The traditional method of writing lesson notes have become a headache for many Ghanaian teachers in the recent times, as they advocate for it to be scrapped, to pave way for the morden method of preparing lessons for effective teaching and learning.
The teachers believe that, it is time for Ghana, as a country to have a standard nationwide blueprint lessons to enhance smooth and effective lesson delivery, so as to improve upon the existing academic performances.
In addressing the plights of teachers, the Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, has disclosed that, the traditional method of lesson notes writing will be a thing of the past.
The Education Minister, in an interview explained that teachers will no longer write daily lesson notes because of the introduction of the laptops for teachers, under the government’s One Teacher One Laptop Initiative.
Dr. Adutwum, speaking on the topic Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education on the Wontumi, Kumasi based radio station, added that, the introduction of Professional Development has replaced lesson notes wiring.
According to him, Professional Learning Communities are being organized in schools to build the teacher competences.
Explaining further why the writing of lesson notes writing is no more binding on teachers, he noted that, there is no need to ask teachers to write lesson notes because the latter have been copying previous notes written years ago into their lesson notes book without any addition.
The Education Minister’s statement is a reaffirmation of what the Vice President of the Republic, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, said at the launch of the government’s “One Teacher One Laptop Project” in Accra.
Dr. Bawumia had also said that teachers will no longer be pushed or subjected to writing lesson notes again because a soft copy of the lesson notes have been uploaded on the laptop with additional vital resources.
At a brief but colourful ceremony at the campus of the St Mary’s Senior High School on Friday, September 3, the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has launched and handed over 350,000 laptops under the ‘One Teacher One Laptop’ programme to the Ghana Education Service and Ministry of Education in fulfilment of government’s pledge to equip Ghana’s teachers with the requisite ICT skills to prepare the next generation for the Fourth Industrial revolution.
Government believes that, teachers are indispensable pillars to this necessary capacity building.
This initiative, in collaboration with the Teacher Unions, is to support the vision of the Ghana Education Service of creating an enabling environment to facilitate effective teaching and learning, with laptops preloaded with educational materials and with access to an E-Library equipped with books recommended by the GES on the various subjects.
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