Salvage the Critical Issues of Teachers - Minister to Stakeholders

Dr Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, the Minister for Education has urged all stakeholders to bring their collective spirit on board to salvage the critical issues of teachers.

He said some of the critical issues that needed to be addressed include teacher absenteeism, low teacher time on task, inappropriate conditions of work for teachers, deployment-related issues, concentration and under-staffing of teachers.

He said this at the   Opening the three-day multi-partner forum on a National Teacher Policy (NTP).

The policy, when developed, is expected to help in addressing policy dimensions in the areas of teacher recruitment and retention; initial and continuing teacher education; deployment; career structure; teacher employment and working conditions; as well as teacher reward and remuneration among others.

The National Policy development is part of the initiative: "Strengthening Multi-Partner Cooperation to Support Teacher Policy and Improve Learning" developed by UNESCO and the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 in collaboration with six international partner organisations.

The initiative, christened the Norwegian Teacher Initiative (NTI) and funded by the Norwegian Government, aims at selected developing countries in Africa in strengthening their teacher policies as integrated components of their education sector plans for the achievement of the teacher target of the Sustainable Development Goals – Goal 4.

Source: Kofi Atakora/

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