Accra, March 5, GNA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday reassured teachers that his government would ensure the profession regained its pride of place in the social and economic development agenda of Ghana.
He said all modern successful societies that had had outstanding results in economic development showed that teacher quality was the single most important determinant of their success and that it was time the Ghanaian teacher became pivotal in the countries quest towards accelerated development and modernity.
President Akufo-Addo gave the assurance at the 2017 President’s Independence Day Awards at the Banquet Hall of the State House in Accra, where 60 students who took part in the 2016 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) were awarded for excelling.
The President’s Independence Day Awards forms part of activities marking Ghana’s 60th Anniversary celebration that is under the theme: “Mobilising for Ghana’s Future.”
President Akufo-Addo said in times past, society had tremendous respect for teachers because their chosen endeavour came with enormous prestige, responsibility and fulfillment.
He said: “Whatever the route that our teachers come into teaching, we must recognise that putting our teachers first is the reverse side of the adage; every Ghanaian child matters,” adding that it was time that society recognised the invaluable benefits of teachers to one’s individual socio-economic status and national progress.
President Akufo-Addo said his government’s policy to improve educational outcomes, as espoused in the 2017 Budget, would be teacher-centered.
He said: “Teaching will no longer be a stop-gap measure or a job of last resort but a viable choice to enter a well paid and a well respected profession with long term career prospects and good benefits.”
“This policy will not only meet the professional and economic needs of existing teachers but will also look at the way new teachers are trained and treated… Whatever policies and plans we are implementing today is geared towards mobilising for Ghana’s future,” the President said.
President Akufo-Addo commended the awardees for distinguishing themselves in the 2016 BECE which has been described by the Ghana Education Service as the best so far.