Mr. Dan Botwe, Member of Parliament (MP) for Okere, has advocated the creation of a teachers’ community in every village to promote the values of education.
He said the communities would enable teachers to reside in decent accommodation, ensure discipline among school children in the locality, provide teachers with a conducive environment to teach and learn and promote the values which would impact positively on the people.
This innovation, according to Mr. Botwe, was feasible and sustainable and recalled that years ago his father as a teacher/catechist of the Presbyterian Church, enjoyed a similar facility that helped in shaping the lives of children as well as the development of the community.
Mr. Botwe made the suggestion at Apirede in the Akuapem North District when he inaugurated a four-unit flat for teachers at Apirede, Awukugua and Dawu in his constituency.
The bungalow, built at a cost of GH¢320,000, was financed with his share of the Common Fund and the GETFund.
He said the presence of teachers in communities was no doubt a critical aspect of improving education, and pledged to ensure that every town in the constituency got at least a four-unit teachers bungalow to create the teachers community.
The MP commended the Presbyterian Church for providing land for the project, and thanked the chiefs and community members for their support through the provision of communal labour in ensuring the completion of the project.
He expressed the hope that the community would continue to support the teachers who would be allocated the bungalows to improve upon their welfare as well as partner them to give quality education to their wards.
Earlier, the MP broke ground for the construction of a modern multipurpose Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre at Amanfrom near Adukrom.
The facility, when completed, would make Amanfrom the ICT hub to serve over 50 basic schools in the catchment area.
A representative of the District Director of Education, Mr. Tony Kwafo, commended the MP for the innovation, and called for the institution of extra classes for all final year students in the area to improve upon the Basic Education Certificate Examination results.