August 25, 2013

Teachers in private schools are contributing greatly to the acquisition of knowledge and skills of the Ghanaian child and should, therefore, be considered in government policies designed to assist teachers in basic education delivery.

Mr Kwaku Kwarteng, Member of Parliament (MP) for Obuasi West, said government guidelines for determining the work conditions of teachers should include the private school teacher.

Speaking at the 10th annual graduation ceremony of Steadfast Academy at Obuasi, he suggested the inclusion of private school teachers in the best teacher award scheme.

Mr Kwarteng said: “Government policies and programmes on education should be extended to cover and recognize the roles teachers in private schools are playing in the country’s education industry”.

He called on teachers to have special love and patience for their children to help them develop their hidden talents for the benefit of the nation.

Mr Jonny Owusu-Boadi, Obuasi Municipal Director of Education, who was the guest speaker, commended teachers and other players in the school for turning out reliable future leaders for the country.

Speaking on the theme: “Ten years of Steadfastness in Raising the Future Generation – The Role of the Teacher,” Mr Owusu-Boadi called for collaboration between teachers and parents to address the challenges confronting the youth of today.

These, he said, included armed robbery, wee smoking, alcoholism, gayism and the rest.

He was optimistic that raising the future generation of this country to a level that could facilitate progress rests on quality education delivery with quality and committed teachers.

Mrs Evelyn Sintim-Amankwa, Proprietress of the school, said the school had been obtaining 100 percent pass in the Basic Education Certificate Examination after the first batch passed out with all the students obtaining a distinction.

Mr John Owusu, General Manager of Public Affairs of Anglo Gold Ashanti, who chaired the function, encouraged parents who wanted better and God-fearing educational foundation for their wards to send their children to the school.