Winneba (C/R), The Institute for Educational Research and Innovational Studies (IERIS) of University of Education Winneba (UEW) has held a forum to commemorate the 2017 World Teacher’s Day at Winneba.
The Day under day under the theme: Teaching in Freedom, empowering teachers was attended by teachers, representatives of NAGRAT, GNAT and Effutu Directorate of Education as well as students from some Senior High Schools in the Effutu Municipality.
Addressing the gathering, Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, a former Vice-Chancellor of UEW and currently a consultant of IERIS, said training of teachers in all tertiary educational institutions should be broadened and carefully monitored to help resolve existing challenges.
This will help to achieve the international recommendations concerning the conditions of the teacher and other relevant factors including cooperation in policy issues, teacher responsibility, hours of work, salaries and teacher shortages.
Prof Anamuah-Mensah said the theme for this year’s celebration, echoes the adoption of the UN 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which prioritizes teacher empowerment.
He said the Goal 4 of the SDGs requires teachers to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Prof Anamuah-Mensah said available statistics indicate that 93 percent of teachers in private Kindergartens (KG) are untrained while 35 percent of those in public KGs are untrained, added that at the primary level, untrained teachers in private schools is 90 percent, while 24 percent in the public are untrained.
He said at the Junior High Secondary level 81 percent of private and 12 percent of the public schools teachers are untrained and 48 percent of private and 10 percent of public Senior High Schools are untrained.
He urged teachers to aspire to the highest level to enable them give off their best at achieving the targeted SDG 4 educational agenda by 2030.
Reverend Father Professor Anthony Afful Broni, Acting Vice Chancellor of UEW, who chaired the programme, commended the organizers and all who came from far and near to participate in the event.
He said teaching is a calling which their dedication and commitment to duty is beyond what is usually expected and commended teachers for their continuous dedication and selflessness to duty.
Source: Ghana News Agency