NTC Governing Council Inaugurated
The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has inaugurated a 15-member council of the National Teaching Council (NTC) with a charge on them to put in place policies, guidelines and programmes for the attainment of the highest professional standards for teachers.
According to him, “your vision as the council of the NTC must be to ensure the production of efficient, effective, dedicated and well-motivated teacher for our schools who can measure up to international standards.”
The council, chaired by Professor Eric Nyarko-Sampson include Mr. Alex Agyekum, Bishop Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith and Dr. Lucy Acheampong, all government nominees. The others are Dr. Evelyn Owusu Oduro, NTC, Mr. Isaac Biney Nsarko, Ministry of Education, Professor Kwame Osei Kwarteng, representing the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah from COTVET and Mrs. Rosetta Addition Sackey from the National Inspectorate Board (NIB).
The rest are Madam Margaret Frimpong-Kore representing the Conference of District Directors of Education (CODE), Rev. Sister Elizabeth Amoako-Arhen of the Conference of Principals of Colleges of Education, Mr. Thomas Kofi Arboh of the Conference of Managers of Education Units, Prof. George k
Kankam of the University of Education Winneba, Mr. Thomas Baafi of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), and Mr. Stanislus P. Nabome from the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT).
Dr. Opoku Prempeh reminded the members that their support in ensuring the success of the initiatives of the educational sector was crucial, “through your promotion and implementation of effective, innovative and efficient policies to improve upon teacher quality.
“In particular, I urge you to focus on teacher licensing and registration, providing directions for the deployment of teachers and the attainment of the highest professional standards for teachers in the country,” he urged the council.
The minister reminded them that a key mandate of the council was to advise the Minister FOR Education on the professional standing of teachers and on teacher education including facilities and institutions for continuous professional development.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh said the council had the onerous responsibility to ensure the training and production of quality and disciplined teachers.
According to him the quality of the educational delivery system would determine the quality of the professional teachers that were eventually produced.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the chairman of the council, Prof. Nyarko thanked President Akufo-Addo and the ministry for nominating them to serve the country and assured that the members of the council would work to justify the trust reposed in them.
He said the council was going to work within the confines of its mandate to ensure that those in the classroom, were truly professional teachers.