Teachers, nurses training allowances must be channelled into job creation for youth – Prof. Bediako

Matriculants taking the  oath.Photo Michael Ayeh

Matriculants taking the oath.Photo Michael Ayeh

Government has been urged to as a matter of urgency stop the payment of all teachers and nurses trainee allowances and focus on using the money to create jobs for the youth.

“Rather, the Social Security and National Insurance Trust should increase their loan base to cover students in all tertiary institutions with semester loan amounts reasonable enough for students to pay their ways through school with little or no support.”

The Vice Chancellor of Valley View University (VVU), Professor Daniel Bediako gave the advice yesterday at the 23rd matriculation ceremony of the university to welcome more than 1,381 newly enrolled students into programmes for the 2018/19 academic year.

He explained that creating jobs with the over GHC¢400,000,000.00 that is given to the trainees annually as allowances was a better option.

Touching on the need for more support for universities in terms of research, he appealed to government to fully support public universities to focus on research.

“We need research universities to drive the development of this country. We should not expect much of ourselves if all our universities are merely teaching universities,” he added.

Prof.  Bediako  commended the Ministry of Education for proposing that Colleges of Education be taken over by public universities to run degree programmes in education, saying the idea that “every teacher should be a degree holder is laudable.”

He called for more support from government for private universities because education was a public cause and private institutions are only helping the state to execute its responsibility with regards to tertiary education.

The Vice Chancellor also urged the Ghana Education Service (GES) to ensure quality teaching and learning with more focus on science, Information Communication and Technology (ICT) and Visual Arts.

He suggested that the National Teaching Council should become an authoritative licensing body that would ensure trained teachers take licensing examinations to qualify for posting and certification.

Prof. Bediako said “the licensing may be renewable annually based on the individual teacher’s performance to ensure quality education in our basic schools.”

Prof. William Koomson, Pro-Vice Chancellor of VVU congratulated the students and urged them to make discipline and hard work a hallmark.

He said the school remained committed to ensuring that all students excel in their various courses.

BY RAISSA SAMBOU

 

 

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