Teachers urged to adopt modern teaching methods

Dr Hafiz Bin-Salih, the Upper West Regional Minister, has advised Senior High School (SHS) teachers to adopt modern technology as the overriding tool for effective transfer of knowledge and skills to students.

He also called on students in second cycle schools in the region to take advantage of internet facilities to develop their skills in order to keep abreast with current trends.

The minister said the way teaching and learning was done in the past, needs to be revisited by adopting technology as the best tool to impart knowledge to students.

Dr Bin-Salih said this in a speech read on his behalf during Lassia Tuolu Senior High School’s 25th anniversary celebration, which was organised under the theme: ‘25 years of developing resourceful and responsible citizens for nation building: The way forward’.

According to him, developing resourceful and responsible students involve the use of new strategies and the need to use the internet to search for useful information.

The minister said the government through the GETFund has made provisions for the construction of various facilities in the school including an administration block, a 12-unit classroom block and fence wall.

He said many schools have complained to him about sexual harassment perpetuated by both teachers and students against girls, but nothing of that sort was heard about in Lassia Tuolu SHS, and commended the students and teachers for living decent lives.

Dr Bin-Salih was not happy that five districts in the region were without directors, while six SHSs were also without headmasters, adding that these were obstacles to quality education delivery.

He urged parents not to ignore the basic needs of their wards because government has introduced free education, adding that they should continue to support and even monitor their studies to ensure academic excellence.

The minister added that the Ghana Education Service (GES) was rolling out a teacher rationalisation policy to pave way for teachers who studied particular subjects to teach same subjects in their respective schools.

Teachers who spoke with the Ghana News Agency lauded the idea of adopting modern technology for teaching, but said they were handicapped since teachers do not have access to computers and projectors, and the fact that some schools are yet to be connected to the national grid.

Mr Banongie Emmanuel, headmaster of the school, enumerated various academic successes chalked out including National Science and Mathematics Quiz Competition qualification, and qualification of two students to participate in a French programme in Lome, the capital town of Togo. GNA

Photo Caption: A cross section of Lassia Tuolu SHS students at the commemoration of their 25th anniversary

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