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06.08.2009 Education

GNAT Organises In-Service Training For Members

By Our Reporter - newtimesonline.com
Mrs Duncan AdanusaMrs Duncan Adanusa
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Mr John Nyoagbe, Deputy General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), has noted that the provision of quality public education for children in Ghana is non-negotiable.

He urged government to regularly make resource allocations available to schools since reliance on profit oriented companies or the private sector to deliver educational facilities was unreliable.

Mr Nyoagbe said this at the end of an in-service training workshop for 183 teachers from the Upper West and Upper East Regions in Wa last Friday organised by GNAT and the Canadian Teachers Federation CTF.

The forum helped deepen the teachers’ knowledge and understanding of subject contents, leadership and administrative skills.

“Recognising that education is a fundamental human right and a public good and also the realisation of the need to create equality of opportunity for Ghanaian children, was what informed government to sign the Education for All and the Millennium Development Goals in 2000”, Mr Nyoagbe said.

Mr Nyoagbe said teachers were pivotal to the effective delivery of educational services and noted that it was for that reason that GNAT invested substantial part of its revenue in various teachers’ professional development programmes.

Mr Nyoagbe expressed unhappiness that the education sector’s budget was cut down while in urban and countryside communities there were schools without teachers, low teacher morale and weak motivation, inadequate pay, poor condition of service and weak support systems.

He said there were equally poor infrastructure; classrooms without roofs, under-equipped and overcrowded schools as well as inadequate basic facilities such as potable water, toilets and electricity in many schools in the country. GNA

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