More than 430 teachers drawn from all the 26 districts in the Volta Region are attending a five-day in service training to update their skills.
The training, organised by the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and Canadian Teachers Foundation (CTF), is aimed at upgrading the knowledge of teachers to enhance their capacity.
Similar training has been held in the Ashanti and Eastern regions and it is a continuous professional education programme for pre-tertiary teachers.
Opening the training session, Mr Wordui Joseph Kwamivi, Hohoe Municipal Director of Education, explained that despite government’s efforts at providing educational infrastructure, the standard of education in some areas, kept declining.
He observed that lack of punctuality and regularity on the part of teachers and pupils, and cooperation between schools and communities are some of the challenges hindering academic progress in schools.
He therefore lauded the objective of the training project, and described it as timely to address the identified problems.
Mr Wordui further noted that during a recent inspection visit by the National Inspectorate Board to 1,018 basic schools across the country, a national average of 19 per cent teacher absenteeism was recorded
He, therefore, urged teachers to remain committed to the profession, and gave the assurance that the government would continue to invest in their welfare.
Mrs Gifty Apanbil, Deputy General Secretary, Education and Professional Development at GNAT, stressed the need for regular skills upgrade for teachers to enable them develop modern skills for teachers.
In that regard, she said GNA found it necessary to support in training the teachers to be abreast of modern trends in teaching at the basic level.
From Kafui Gati, Hohoe