More pre-school teachers to be trained
The government is to train more pre-school teachers to ensure quality teaching at the basic level, especially in the rural areas.
President John Dramani Mahama said the training was critical because Ghana had only 287 trained pre-school teachers while the country required 14,000 trained ones.
He said majority of the pre-school teachers that government would be training would be posted to rural areas to facilitate effective teaching and learning at the basic level.
President Mahama gave the commitment yesterday, during a courtesy call on him by members of the Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Church at the Flagstaff House.
The nine-member delegation, led by the President of the SDA Union Conference, Pastor Dr Samuel Adama Larmie, was at the seat of government to brief the President on the projects of the SDA and to invite him to the church’s 125th anniversary celebration on December 7, 2013.
Pastor Larmie also used the occasion to pray for God’s continuous blessing on Ghana and guidance to President Mahama and his team.
The President said the government had built a lot of school facilities which had increased school enrolment.
However, he said, the quality of teaching was not good enough.
President Mahama said children in rural areas were the most disadvantaged as most of their teachers were not trained, hence, the need to train more teachers to support teaching and learning in those areas.
The President said the government had eliminated more than half of the schools under trees in the country.
He affirmed the government’s commitment to build more schools to eliminate the remaining schools under trees.
The President said Ghana had made a lot of progress in reducing maternal mortality, and indicated that the rate of maternal mortality had reduced from 740 in the year 2000 to 320 now.
President Mahama commended the SDA for its programmes and projects across the country.
For instance, he said, the Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) had been engaged in the drilling of boreholes, building of schools and clinics in the country, especially the north.
Pastor Larmie said the SDA had more than 600 basic schools, 12 senior high schools, three nursing training schools and a university.
He said the Maranatha International, a group within the SDA, had also started school projects in the country.
By Musah Yahaya Jafaru/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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