Teachers urged to upgrade themselves to enhance quality education

Shiloh Community School in Tema has celebrated its 15th anniversary with a call on teachers to upgrade themselves to enhance the provision of quality education in the new era of rapid technological evolution.

A Lecturer at the Department of Modern Languages of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr Mrs Lebene Adzo Tettey, who made the call noted that there was the need to employ new trends in teaching using appropriate technology.

The celebration which coincided with the first speech and prize giving day of the school was under the theme “15 years of quality education, the role of stakeholders”.

Dr Tettey underscored the need for teachers to continue to learn, acquire new skills in teaching to improve content delivery.

She noted that, in providing quality education, the child must be at the center hence the need for child friendly methodology to be adopted to sustain the interest of the children in learning.

“As teachers, we also need to help children acquire the appropriate learning processes and help them attain the learning outcomes”, she stated, adding that teachers were not only to impart knowledge but also  to be examples to and be a positive influence on children in every area of life.

Dr Tettey encouraged teachers and parents to help children to develop the desire for reading which was the basis for knowledge acquisition from the basic level and expand their horizon as they progressed.

She appealed to the government and other collaborative bodies who were stakeholders in education to also supplement the effort of the church andschool in the provision of text books, supplementary readers, ICT equipment and other teaching and learning materials to facilitate the process.

Tema Metropolitan Director of Education, Mrs Margaret Nsiah-Asamoah noted that each stakeholder’s role does not replace the others but rather compliments and reinforces each other to bring about the desired quality and development in education.

In that regard, she admonished parents to control their family sizes to enable them to cater for their needs such as food, shelter, money for their upkeep, school fees and other school supplies adding, “no matter our economic or financial constraints, we owe our children these basic necessities.”

In her address, Headmistress of the school, Madam Faustina Jiagge called on parents to take keen interest in the activities of their children ranging from the kind of peers they have, supervise and guide them in what they watch on TV and the internet and effectively supervise their movements and works at home.

She encouraged them to attend PTA meetings, have interactions with the teachers about their wards and make the overall welfare of their children a topmost priority by providing their needs and paying their fees on time and help with their homework.

From Ken Afedzi, Tema.

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