Kumasi, April 15, GNA Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the Education Minister, says governments decision to transfer teacher trainees onto the Student Loans Trust is showing positive results.
Admission figures of the Colleges of Education had now gone up from 9,000 to 15,000.
She said this undoubtedly was going to improve the supply of teachers, and open up the opportunity to many young people eager to take up teaching as a profession.
Prof Opoku-Agyemang said this in an address read for her at the 10th Congregation of the Saint Louis College of Education in Kumasi.
A total of 243 female teachers graduated, and were presented with Diploma Certificates.
The Minister said the target was to ensure that 95 per cent of teachers at all levels, was professionally trained by 2015.
It was in line with this that the Ghana Partnership for Education Grant, would be used to train at least 5,000 teachers in the Untrained Teachers Diploma in Basic Education (UTDBE) qualification.
She said government together with its donor partners would also support 57 deprived districts and basic schools in planning, monitoring and delivery of basic education services.
Prof Opoku-Agyemang underlined the urgent need for a better job with the deployment of teachers.
The current situation where there were excess teachers in the urban and peri-urban areas while rural and deprived communities had problems getting teachers was completely unacceptable, and must change.
I therefore call on all to partner the Ministry of Education in the implementation of the programme, aimed at immediate and comprehensive redeployment and redistribution of teachers.
She reminded the graduating students that the upgrading of the teacher training colleges to tertiary status, was a move to produce the best of qualified teachers in order to drive education in the right direction.
The expectation was that their contributions would be greatly felt in a more positive way.
Prof Opoku-Agyemang warned against teacher absenteeism, and urged school heads to ensure strict supervision.
Mrs Comfort Boakye-Mensah, Principal of the College, complained about inadequate lecture halls, and said that was making it difficult to increase student admission.
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