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20.05.2007 General News

We need patriotic teachers - Aliu


Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama has tasked teachers to be passionate about the teaching and nurturing of the future leaders of the country.

"We need teachers who are willing to accept postings to the remotest parts of the country and are prepared to work hard under trying conditions. That is the only way to achieve the laudable policy objectives of the Educational Reform Programme," he noted.

Vice President Mahama, was speaking at Navrongo in the Kassena-Nankana District of the Upper East region, where he joined the staff and students of the St. John Bosco Training College, to mark the 60th anniversary of the teaching facility, established by Catholic missionaries in 1946.

It was on the theme: "60 years of Teacher Training Par Excellence."

He said as role models, teachers should treat attitudinal change with absolute importance.

Vice President Mahama urged the teacher trainees to take their studies seriously in order to become professionals that could deliver improved services.

He said the college was expected to equip students with the requisite knowledge and inculcate in them the qualities of good citizenship in order to contribute their quota towards national development.

Vice President Mahama lauded the success story of the college as another evidence of the effective collaboration and partnership between the State and the Church in meeting the material and spiritual needs of
the people.

He said: "But for the Catholic Church, most of you sitting here from this part of the country might not have received formal education.”

On labour issues, Vice President Mahama said the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission set up by the Public Sector Reform Ministry would come out with improved packages.

"All workers should endeavour to increase productivity to enable the country to increase the financial resource base so that we can all receive a fair share of the national cake," he said.

Source: GNA