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14.03.2009 Education

Government Committed To Promote Effective Teaching And Learning - Minister

By GNA

Mr Alex Tettey-Enyo, Minister for Education, has reiterated government's commitment to address challenges facing teachers to promote effective and efficient teaching and learning in schools.

He said government will collaborate with various unions in the educational sector to help solve the numerous problems facing teachers and non-teaching staff.

Mr Tettey-Enyo gave the assurance when a delegation of the National Executive Committee of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) paid a courtesy call on him in Accra.

He said as part of measures to address these challenges, a quarterly meeting with all unions in the educational sector has been instituted as an avenue to address the concerns of all workers within the sector.

Mr Joseph Adjei, President of GNAT congratulating Mr Tettey-Enyo for his appointment was optimistic that, with his rich experience in the education sector, his tenure will bring many developments in education.

He said the freeze on Public Sector Employment has resulted in the non-payment of salary to about 2,159 professional teachers who have worked for over a year.

'It has also resulted in the inability of Ghana Education Service (GES) to post over 2,000 professional teachers who are on study leave without pay but have graduated from universities since June 2008,' he said.

Mr Adjei called on government to assist teachers pursuing distance education courses, and intervene in the undue delay in negotiations with GES over terms, conditions and scheme of service for teachers which started since August 2006.

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