Ghana’s Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh says Ghanaian teachers right now under the New Patriotic Party administration led by President Akufo-Addo are highly respected as compared to previous years.
NAPO on October 30, for the second time, appeared at the National Builders Forum under the theme ‘The Teacher at the Centre of Quality Education’ to address stakeholders of his outfits achievement from 2017 to date.
The Education Minister in his address noted the Akufo-Addo government since it resumed office in 2017 has introduced a number of initiative to support the teachers in the country including restoring some allowances.
According to him, the Republic of Ghana placed second ahead of China in a global ranking of countries with respect to teachers and impacts in their lives.
“Just this month, there was a world ranking that came out and Ghana was ranked in the teacher survey of 35 countries and 35,000 participants, and it was gathered by Global Teachers Status Index Group.
“They found out that countries that respected teachers, did more for teachers and also improving their lives, Ghana came second ahead of China”.
The Manhyia South Member of Parliament further said the good treatment of teachers in the country contributes to the decrease or no strike action by them as they used to under some former administrations.
“In the last 4 years, the Education Ministry says, we don’t see teachers strike like we used to know them, even their union know what we are doing for them has never existed in the country before”, Dr Matthew Opoku noted.
“UNESCO has nine guidelines we follow when dealing with teachers and since we came to office, we have covered all for the teachers holistically. teaching profession has been standardized by our government” he added.
The Minister commenting on recruitment of newly trained teachers said the recruitment portal will be opened on Monday, November 2, 2020