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FREE SHS IS A REVOLUTION IN EDUCATION - Daasebre Oti Boateng

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Daasebre Emeritus Oti Boateng, Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional Area, in the Eastern Region, has lauded government for the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy, describing it as the most equitable way to distribute the country’s resources to all Ghanaians regardless of their socio-economic background.

Daasebre Emeritus Oti Boateng, Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional Area, in the Eastern Region, has lauded government for the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy, describing it as the most equitable way to distribute the country’s resources to all Ghanaians regardless of their socio-economic background.

 

The New Juaben paramount chief also called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to strengthen the policy since, “it is a revolution in education that must be guarded as a national pride by all citizens irrespective of their political affiliation to ensure its sustainability.”

Daasebre Oti Boateng made this call at this year’s 23rd National Best Teachers Awards ceremony held in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region, yesterday.

He stated that the bold implementation of the policy by the government and how it had been well received by the masses showed how Ghanaians valued education.

The Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education, Prof Kwesi Yankah, for his part said the free SHS policy was to improve the human resource base and reduce the unemployment rate among Ghanaians, especially the youth.

The Minister also pointed out that  government had put in place numerous teacher-oriented policies to improve the well-being of teachers who, he said, are instrumental in shaping the future of their students.

According to him, government recognizes the importance of teachers in ensuring quality education in the country and would ensure that they are well motivated to give their best.

The Professor disclosed that the government was determined to reform the Diploma in Basic Education curriculum to reflect the national teacher education curriculum framework to help teachers become more professionally competent with the right values and ethics and confident as well.

Eastern Regional Minister Eric Kwakye Darfour described  teachers as mentors, counselors, innovators and role models.

He added that  the success of every educational programme depended largely on teachers and stressed the need for them to be well motivated to perform effectively.

The acting National President of GNAT,  Philippa Larsen, on behalf of teachers urged government to ensure that quality education is not compromised in the implementation of the Free SHS programme.

She commended the NPP government for the initiative and said  the policy came as a relief to most parents whose incomes could hardly take care of their children and ward’s needs.

The acting President cautioned government and the Ghana Education Service to be circumspect in dealing with the challenges that would arise from the policy to ensure that it goes hand-in-hand with the provision of quality education.

She also called on government to address the lack of teaching and learning materials in the various schools as well as condition of service of teachers to avoid any labour unrest in the future.

A Primary 1 teacher, Faustina Cobson, was  adjudged as the 2017 National Best Teacher. She received a three bedroom house, GHC50,000.00  and life insurance cover from State Insurance Company.

The 41-year old who teaches at the Richard Aquaye Memorial School in Agbobloshie, Accra, beat two others to win the prestigious prize.

Madam Agnes Nutakor, a teacher of Kpeve Model School in the Volta Region was adjudged the  first runner-up.

She also took home a cash prize of GHC110,000 and a life insurance cover from SIC.

Joseph Kojo Abusah, a teacher at La Nkwantanan Presec in Accra, was also adjudged the second runner-up and took home a brand new car, GHC 20,000 cedis, life insurance cover from SIC.

In all, the 36 teachers who won various awards were offered Ghana Education Trust Fund scholarships to pursue further studies.