Education Minister Charges Teachers To Deliver

Professor Jane Naana Opoku-AgyemangThe Minister of Education, Prof Jane Naana Opoku–Agyemang has urged teachers to ensure that they imbibe in students teach virtues that will develop into productive citizens.

She said it was of no essence if a young people through education and end up becoming liabilities onto to the State.

Speaking at a day’s colloquium on quality education organised by National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and City FM in Accra on Friday, she said quality education was not so much about access or text books, but the input of the teachers.

The colloquium was on the theme, “The sound of silence: the exclusion of quality education in the millennium development goals.”

“Education that makes students or pupils not to know about themselves and the society in which they live is not education,” the Minister said.

Prof Opoku –Agyemang noted that it was incumbent upon teachers to give out the best in the in enhancing teaching in schools.

She spoke against teacher absenteeism, indicating that absenteeism was one of the militating factors hindering the provision of quality education especially in the rural areas, and urged teachers to desist from the practice.

Mr. Christian Addai-Poku, President of NAGRAT said education can be a public good if its quality was not compromised were

He noted that the purpose of the colloquium was to bring flag the non-existence of quality education in the targets for the existing MDGs, adding that primary school level cannot be a terminal point for education if education was to help eliminate the worst form of poverty that the MDGs seek to achieve.

Mr Addai-Poku therefore implore the government, to put forth a proposal that will have a strong presence of quality in its architecture as the world meets in this month to draft the post millennium declarations.

By Ernestina A Boateng  

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