President Kufuor has assured teachers in the country that the Government was in serious discussions and consultations with the leadership of their associations with the view to fashioning out new schemes and conditions of service for all categories of teachers since it was on them that the burden of the education of the future leaders of the country lies.
The President said this in an address delivered on his behalf to mark the golden jubilee celebration of the Peki Government Training College (GOVCO) in the Volta Region.
President Kufuor also said that there was a new Education Bill before Parliament which sought to strengthen the decentralisation, management and direction of education at the grassroots, adding that it was a matter of concern to the Government that irrespective of all efforts at improving and increasing facilities for basic education, quite a sizeable proportion of children were still out of school.
The President said the NPP Government had given a demonstrated priority attention to education since coming to power, adding that plans were far advanced to build a Model Secondary School in every District, saying that it was an attempt to bring quality education down to the grassroots.
In his welcome address, the Principal of the College, Mr S.W.K Tsadidey, said in its 50 years of existence, the School had turned out a total of 7,648 teachers and that from its first intake of 30, all male students, the School now had a student enrolment of 600, made up of 390 men and 210 women.
Mr Tsadidey also called on the Ghana Education Service (GES), the Universities and the training colleges to collaborate in designing a programme for updating and upgrading certified teachers in sandwich segments.