Over 500 teachers attend induction program

More than 500 teachers in Northern Region have attended a two-day induction course in Tamale to equip themselves with the requisite knowledge to prepare adequately for promotions.

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The course organised by the Northern Regional Secretariat of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES), is to enable the teachers prepare well for the impending nationwide teacher interviews for promotions to various ranks within the GES

GNATThey were taken through preparations required for the interview, adequate knowledge about GES as well as management and governance issues within the Service and contemporary issues in Ghana.

Mr Abdul Baba Yussif, Regional Secretary of GNAT speaking to the Ghana News Agency after the two-day programme said apart from the induction course for the teachers, GNAT has been organising in-service training for members.

He said the in-service training has helped improve performance of children especially at the primary level.

He expressed the hope that such regular interventions would change the face of education in the Region.

He said GNAT is, however, not happy with performance of the BECE and WASSCE placement in the north though there are competent teachers.

He attributed the problem to poor funding of education and supervision saying: “The infrastructure is available but the materials for learning and feeding grants had been a challenge leading to continuous poor performance,” which government must address.

Mr Yussif appealed to the government to have a second look at the three-month salary arrears policy to ensure that deserving teachers receive their promotion arrears to motivate them to work more.

He thanked the retired educationists who had always been resource persons and who have over the years rendered selfless service to GNAT and the GES to help teachers improve their skills.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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