Government will pursue programmes to enhance lives of teachers – Minister

Dr. Opoku-Prempeh(sixth from right) with the finalists

Dr. Opoku-Prempeh(sixth from right) with the finalists

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education has stated that the government will continue to pursue policies and programmes to enhance the life of teachers.

Dr Opoku-Prempeh disclosed this when the top 10 finalists of this year’s Ghana Teacher Prize paid a courtesy call on him.

The Ghana Teacher Prize was instituted to reward teachers for their hard work.

This year’s awards scheduled for Friday and under the auspices of SIC Life Company Limited is on the theme “My teacher, my future.”

The Minister of Education in his remarks commended the group for coming for the visit.

The Minister paid glowing tribute to teachers for the role they were playing to accelerate the development of the country.

Teachers, the Minister said,  train the manpower needs of the country and also shape the life of people.

Dr Opoku-Prempeh said the National Teachers Council was established to regulate the teaching profession.

He said the Teacher Licensing Examination was going on and pledged that all the problems associated with it would be addressed.

Dr Opoku-Prempeh entreated teachers to take part in the SIC Life Insurance product that had been developed for teachers.

He said the  scheme was being subsidised by the government and teachers were supposed to contribute GHc10.00 to support the scheme.

The Minister said the scheme is meant to support teachers in times of permanent disability or death.

However, it was not compulsory and teachers who do not like the idea could opt out.

Some of the top ten finalists who spoke to the Ghanaian Times said they were proud they have been shortlisted as one of the best teachers in the country.

The top ten finalists commended the Minister for granting them audience.

The Managing Director of SIC Life Company Life, Mrs Elizabeth Wyns-Dogbe, said her outfit which had been admitted into the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana Hall of Fame was providing GHC1 million insurance cover for the best  top three teachers.

Among other benefits, she said the amount would cover death and permanent disability

The Managing Director said SIC Life which had been supporting the Ghana Teacher Prize for the past seven years, was also sponsoring other souvenirs SUVs cups and T-shirts for the programme.

Mrs Wyns-Dogbe said SIC Life had been supporting the programme because they believe education is the  key to accelerate the development of the country.

By Kingsley Asare

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