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Ghana’s education sector still needs governmental assistance – GNAT

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PupilsGovernment has been urged to provide the needed educational inputs at all levels to promote quality teaching and learning and help achieve the desired outcomes of education in the country.

Regular training and retraining of teachers, especially in the basic and secondary levels, was also crucial in achieving quality education.

Mr Thomas Baafi, Deputy General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) In-charge of Education and Professional Development, made the call at the closing of the 2013 in-service workshop organized by GNAT and the Canadian Teachers Federation (CTF) for about 270 teachers in the Ashanti in Kumasi on Friday.

The annual capacity building programme is a collaborative effort by GNAT and CTF, under the ‘Nkabom’ Project to sharpen the skills of Ghanaian teachers in various subjects and school management.

Mr Baafi said GNAT had over the years pursued its primary objectives of promoting the interest of members and improving their professional competence to enable them deliver at all levels.

The Association had resolved to build capacities of members to keep them abreast with modern teaching techniques and methodologies as well as research to improve efficiency in critical subject areas.

Mr Baafi praised CTF for its continuous support to GNAT and said about 1,200 teachers from the Ashanti, Eastern and Volta regions had benefited from the programme this year.

He appealed to the participants to put whatever they had learnt into practice to improve their performance at the classroom.

Mr Anthony Williams Nantwi, Ashanti Regional Chairman of GNAT, said it was important for teachers to continuously build their capacities to enable them deliver.

He said the training had been very useful and urged the participants to share experiences with other colleagues in their schools to improve the academic performance.

Mr Martyn Chapman, Leader of the Canadian team, commended the participants for their commitment throughout the period and advised them to put what they had learnt into good use.

Source: GNA

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