MoE holds second staff durbar
Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, the Deputy Minister for SHS and TVET, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum and the Deputy The Ministry of Education (MoE) has held its second staff durbar within the year to formally introduce the Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Minister for Basic Education, Mrs. Barbara Archer Ayisi to the staff and to deliberate on other issues.
Addressing the staff, the Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, said he has so far enjoyed tremendous support from staff.
According to him the commitment of staff to duty is essential and all must be dedicated to the work they do.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh stated that negative reportage about the ministry should not distract staff attention from working towards positive teaching and learning outcomes.
He noted that the government was committed to reforming the primary school curriculum, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) teacher education, and tertiary education all aimed at improving the quality of education in the country.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh said that the free senior high school policy which will be implemented from September 2017, is to address five issues; removal of cost, infrastructure for least developed SHSs, quality in terms of system improvement, teaching learning materials and instructional time among others.
The policy, he disclosed will also address equity in terms of giving equal opportunities to all Ghanaians and the development of skills.
The minister admonished staff to be punctual at work, avoid gossiping on trivial issues and be dedicated and committed to the work they do.
Members of staff raised issues bordering on the role of old boys/girls in the implementation of the free SHS policy, monitoring of teachers, handing over of mission schools to churches, writing of anonymous letters and transport for workers to and from the ministry.
Responding to the issues, the minister said old boys and girls will continue to play their normal roles for their alma maters including serving on governing boards.
On the monitoring of teachers, he noted that the National Inspectorate Board (NIB) would be strengthened to check teacher absenteeism and lateness. Additionally, the quality of teachers would be improved to facilitate quality teaching and learning.
The minister explained that government was to engage faith based organisations on the issue of handing over their schools to them to know what role each would be expected to play in the running of the schools.
Touching on the writing of unanimous letters, he said a committee under the chairmanship of the Minister of State for tertiary education, would be set up to look into one of such letters.
On means of transport to bring workers to the ministry and send them back after close of work, he said it would be looked to see the best way forward.
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum
Earliar, the deputy minister in charge of SHS and TVET, Dr. Adutwum, saint it was a great opportunity to work in the ministry.
According to him, he had a negative perception of civil servants prior to coming to the ministry and has seen a different picture.
He said having worked in the education sector in the U.S.A., he would bring his experience to the table for the benefit of Ghanaians.