The Government under the leadership of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has pledged to partner and support public universities to raise and improve their standards to help put Ghanaian Universities on the limelight and compete among the world’s leading universities. To ensure this, government is poised to equip universities with the requisite logistics and motivate lecturers.
The government hopes that through this effort, Ghanaian Universities will be ranked amongst the top 10 on the continent. The government has also emphasized that research and innovation will be at the heart of education in Ghana, as this will ensure that graduates from Ghana’s educational institutions enter the labour market well-equipped with skills for good-paying jobs.
This was made known when the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh attended 21st Congregation Ceremony of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) on Saturday, 29th July, 2017.
The occasion was also used to applaud the UEW for its position as the citadel of teacher education and pioneering distance education in Ghana with 37 study centres spread across the country.
Government also reiterated its commitment to restoring the teaching profession to the status it once enjoyed, and make it an attractive career choice “Teaching must no longer be seen as a stop-gap measure or a job of last resort, but as a viable choice to enter a well-paid, well respected profession with long term career prospects and good benefits.”
Government therefore hopes to collaborate with the Ghana National Association of Teachers and other teaching association to facilitate teacher training nationwide, as well as provide special incentives for teachers to acquire their own homes. Government has also pledged to support teachers to enroll in Distance Education programmes to boost their capacity.