Accra, August 24th, 2023: In a move aimed at upholding professional standards and fostering a sense of belonging within the education sector, teachers in Ghana will now assess the credentials of officers seeking to inspect their work. This development was announced by Angel Carbonu, President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), during the launch of the Ghana Teacher Prize event on 23rd August, 2023.
President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbonu, emphasized that the unity within the teaching community was vital. He asserted, “We will no longer acknowledge individuals who choose not to align with our fraternity yet seek to oversee our work.
When inspectors visit our schools, we will inquire about their educational qualifications. It’s only fair that those evaluating us possess equal or superior credentials.”
Only Recognized Teacher Unions
The only Recognized unions within the pre-tertiary education sector, including NAGRAT, the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the Concerned Teachers Association-Ghana (CCT-GH), and the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU).
Carbonu expressed intentions to present this requirement to the relevant authorities. “We are proud of our teaching fraternity. You either stand with us or go and join whoever you want to go and join. In the future, our stance on this matter will be unwavering; we won’t collaborate with those unwilling to be part of our fraternity,” he affirmed.
Carbonu likened this requirement to professional expectations in other fields, highlighting his own inability to supervise medical officers or nurses.
Extension of the Ghana Teacher Prize to Schools
He shared hopes that the Ghana Teacher Prize awards would extend beyond the national level, permeating regions, districts, and local communities, fostering a culture of appreciation for Teachers. These sentiments were voiced during the recent launch of the Ghana Teacher Prize event on August 23rd, 2023.
World Teachers Day
The annual Ghana Teacher Prize (GTP), synchronized with World Teachers Day on October 4th, serves as a platform to honor exceptional Teachers.
Top 30 Finalist of GTP
The event also unveiled the top 30 finalists for the 2023 Ghana Teacher Prize. Scheduled to transpire at the Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS) in Takoradi from October 3rd to 4th, 2023, the Ghana Teacher Prize anticipates a gathering of esteemed figures including Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Deputy Minister of Education, and leaders of various teacher unions.
Dr. Christian Addai-Poku, Registrar of the National Teaching Council -NTC , commented, “We are elated to witness the dedication of our Teachers being recognized and celebrated.
The Ghana Teacher Prize is a testament to the importance of quality education in our society.”
In response to NAGRAT’s announcement, Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, expressed his satisfaction at being a part of the teaching community. He emphasized the pillars of access, quality, and relevance in education.
As Ghana’s educational sector embraces this new standard for inspection and appreciation, the teaching fraternity stands united in its commitment to maintaining professional excellence.
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