Dr. Christian Addai-Poku, the Registrar of the National Teaching Council (NTC), has raised concerns about the high attrition rate among teachers in Ghana, highlighting the potential danger it poses to the country’s education sector. He pointed out that this year, over 16,000 Ghanaian teachers applied for positions in the UK’s Department of Education, and by June 13, approximately 10,000 of them had been certified to work in the UK without undergoing further assessment.
Dr. Addai-Poku made this statement during a symposium in Takoradi, where he urged the government and stakeholders to take corrective measures to address this alarming trend. The symposium, which preceded the Ghana Teacher Prize ceremony, brought together education professionals, policymakers, and academia to discuss critical educational issues, showcase innovations, and delve into the theme of this year’s World Teachers Day celebration.
Dr. Addai-Poku emphasized that although Ghana produces a substantial number of qualified teachers annually, the high attrition rate leads to an ongoing shortage of teachers across the country. He expressed his willingness to collaborate with local and international agencies to enhance the training and professionalism of Ghanaian teachers.
Gifty Twum Ampofo, the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of TVET, highlighted the importance of addressing the teacher shortage issue, noting that teachers play a vital role in shaping the minds and future of the younger generation. She emphasized the need for collaboration among governments, educational institutions, civil society, and the private sector to reverse the teacher shortage.
Guest speaker Professor Andy Ofori-Birikorang emphasized the invaluable role of teachers in the nation’s development, as they lay the foundation for a progressive and prosperous society by imparting knowledge, values, and societal norms.
In summary, the high attrition rate of Ghanaian teachers and the mass relocation of thousands to the UK pose a significant threat to the education sector in Ghana, calling for urgent attention and collaborative efforts to address the teacher shortage crisis and safeguard the quality of education in the country.
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