“We have exhausted strategies in the textbooks and need now to examine challenges and innovate…”he said at a “Peer Learning Meeting of Education Managers in the Volta Region in Ho.
Mr Torku, a retired Educationist, said education managers at every level should analyze and understand challenges specific to their environments and schedules and generate new ideas to resolve those challenges.
The Meeting was organised by the Ho Diocesan Education Unit and sponsored by STAR-Ghana with funding from the Department for International Development (DFID), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) the European Union (EU) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The participants were divided into five groups to share experiences on discipline, supervision, disability access, Girl child-enrolment and retention and management of instructional hours with each member of a group sharing ideas on how he or she resolved challenges in these thematic areas.
Each group presented a report stating the school(s), districts or municipality(ies) where the models, innovations or best practices worked successfully, a summary of the problems or challenges, actions or steps adopted to solve the problems and concrete evidence that the models, innovations or practices was successful.
Mr Torku said many teachers now are not passionate about teaching but are into teaching as a “job” rather than as a “vocation” as used to be the case.
He said many people were attracted to go to Training Colleges as a way of escaping the unemployment net, the prospect of being paid allowances in Training Colleges where they get better prepared academically to divert into other professions.