Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, said the government has created a better learning environment for teachers to improve the quality of teaching and meet the needs of the country in the 21st century.
He commended the MasterCard Foundation for funding the country’s education transformation program in teacher training for improved quality learning outcomes.
The Minister was speaking at the launch of this year’s Ghana Teachers’ Prize with the theme: “Educational Transformation Begins with the Teacher”.
This year’s event is scheduled for October 5th.
The transformation of the country’s education, he said, depended on the ability to work with teachers and equip them with the skills required to have a positive impact on beneficiaries.
“We are training science teachers with the tools required to train the next generation of engineers and doctors.
“A science teacher who doesn’t have to wait two months before he can do a lab activity will do better for the country,” he said.
The minister said the country is putting in place measures to ensure that after achieving access to secondary education through free high school, enrollment will drop from 800,000 students to 1.3. students.
He said the government, through GETFund, has provided resources for the construction of science labs as part of the new STEM schools, each with 12 labs.
The MP for Bosomtwe said the government was working hard to truly transform schools so that they are fit for purpose and meet the needs of industry.
“It is not enough for us to have 48 schools in Ghana, high schools, where the pass rate is 1% or less, we need to improve performance to get students admitted into universities.
The minister assured the teaching profession of the government’s support, stressing that “teacher motivation is not just a means to an end, but a means to create a stronger education system“.
Mr. Christian Addai-Poku, the Registrar of the National Board of Education, said the award was aimed at rewarding and motivating the best performing teachers at all levels of education in the country.
As part of the ceremony activities, Dr Addai-Poku said there would be a two-day symposium and national durbar to mark the celebration on October 5 in Tamale.
The winner would receive a three-bedroom home, with the first runner-up winning a double-cab 4X4 pickup truck, sponsored by Prudential Bank, while the second runner-up would receive a sedan, sponsored by Data Bank.
Other prizes, including refrigerators, freezers, laptops, televisions, educational materials and cash prizes, will be given to other deserving schools and teachers.
Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, Director General of the Ghana Education Service, commended teachers for their role in national development and instituted a “special DG award for the best early childhood teacher”.
He announced that the winners would be promoted.