President Nana Akufo-Addo (left) in a chat with Matthew Opoku Prempeh
The issue regarding improvement of the welfare of
teachers in the country has been dominating cabinet meetings in recent times.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is said to be
passionate about improving the welfare of teachers who he has described as the
backbone of Ghana’s education system.
Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, popularly
called ‘Napo’ made the disclosure in Kumasi last Saturday during the 70 years
celebration of Prempeh College.
He said even though the New Patriotic Party (NPP)
administration has done a lot to improve teachers’ welfare, the president
seemed not satisfied.
According to him, President Nana Akufo-Addo has
constantly called for more to be done to enable teachers live comfortably in
order to motivate them to do more.
“It is an open secret that the NPP government has
contributed immensely to improve the welfare of our dear teachers since
assuming the mantle of leadership.In less than three years, we have done enough
to help improve the living conditions of our teachers, which our predecessors
failed woefully to do.”
He said “Government is working with the teacher unions
to settle 2012 to 2016 teachers’ allowances that the NDC failed to pay.”
“Government has paid substantial amounts with just
some few still outstanding,” he added.
The minister stated that teachers recruited between
2017 and now have all been paid all their allowances, proving that the NPP
government cares about teachers.
“As I address you today, a new condition of service
for teachers is being discussed,” in anticipation of further improving the
living conditions of teachers, adding “also, blackboards are being replaced
with whiteboards in classrooms to make our teachers teach in comfort, among
other significant interventions to better the lives of teachers.”
The minister said the President is of the strong conviction that to ensure quality education and to make the Free SHS successful, “the teacher is a key component and that is why he is always on our necks to ensure we work hard to improve the welfare of teachers.”
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi