Education

“National Teaching Council Urges Government to Retain Teachers in Ghana, Prevent Migration to the UK”

The Registrar of the National Teaching Council, Dr. Christian Addai-Poku, has expressed concern about the high attrition rate within the nation’s education sector, emphasizing its potential threat to the future of education and development in the country. He has called upon the government and all stakeholders to take decisive measures to address this issue and prevent looming dangers.

Dr. Addai-Poku cited an example from earlier this year, where over 16,000 Ghanaian teachers applied for positions in the UK’s Department of Education. By June 13, 2023, 10,000 of these applicants with Ghana Teacher Licenses had been certified to work in the UK without further assessment, highlighting the demand for Ghanaian teachers abroad.

He made these remarks during the opening of a two-day symposium that preceded this year’s Ghana Teacher Prize event in Takoradi, Western Region. The symposium gathered education practitioners, academics, policymakers, and provided a platform for discussions on critical policy issues and innovations in education.

Dr. Addai-Poku acknowledged that despite the country producing a significant number of qualified teachers annually, the high attrition rate results in an ongoing shortage of teachers across Ghana.

He commended all stakeholders in the education sector for their efforts in improving the nation’s education system and pledged to collaborate with local and international agencies to enhance the training and professionalism of Ghanaian teachers.

The Deputy Minister of Education, Mrs. Gifty Twum Ampofo, emphasized the importance of addressing the teacher shortage issue, highlighting that teachers play a vital role in shaping the future, fostering critical thinking, and instilling values in the younger generation. She called for collaboration among governments, educational institutions, civil society, and the private sector to tackle this challenge.

Prof. Andy Ofori-Birikorang, former Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, underscored the significant role teachers play in the nation’s development agenda, including promoting societal health, harmony, and prosperity.

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