Government to produce quality teachers needed for 21st century education – Akufo Addo

According to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the government is putting forth a lot of effort in collaboration with the necessary parties to develop qualified teachers who can adapt to the evolving dynamics of the teaching profession in the 21st century educational system.

According to him, the National Teaching Council (NTC) of the country had been given authority by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to adopt policies and programmes that would support the development and upkeep of the high-caliber teachers required for the country’s educational transformation goal.

At the Takoradi 2023 Ghana Teacher Prize Awards, he made this statement.

The celebration of World Teachers’ Day this year had as its theme: “The Teachers We Need for the Education We Want: The Global Imperative to Reverse the Teacher Shortage.” The ceremony was one of the events that took place in honour of that theme.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the NTC established the Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination among other measures to ensure that graduates hired to teach in schools fulfilled the professional standards and were suitable for that purpose. This was done to increase the quality of teachers and their skill sets.

“In addition, the MOE through the NTC has institutionalised a point-based continuous professional development system that ensures that our teachers do not remain same but stay competitive and relevant in the ever-dynamic world of knowledge and skills,” he stated.

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He stated: “When we talk about building an education system we want, we envision education that fosters critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, empathy and adaptability skills that empower our schools to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.”No kid will be left behind in education, and every child in Ghana will have access to at least Senior High School (SHS) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).”

However, President Akufo-Addo stated that “we need” a specific type of teacher – one who is not only a disseminator of knowledge but also a facilitator of learning experiences if we are to realise this vision of education.

We need teachers who inspire curiosity, ignite passion and open to their continuous


The President, therefore, noted that his government was focused on transforming teaching as an attractive and astute profession that draws the best of minds and knowledge, while retaining experienced educators.

He, however, acknowledged some of the challenges teachers faced despite the significant strides made by his government to improve their working conditions.

“We cannot ignore the challenges that our teachers face in their noble profession such as inadequate resources and limited professional development opportunities, these challenges sometimes hinder their abilities to provide the quality education our children deserve.”

President Akufo-Addo indicated that addressing such issues was a collective responsibility of all stakeholders geared towards creating an enabling environment where teachers could thrive and continue to impact lives.

“I stand before you today committed to ensuring that our teachers receive the recognition, support and resources they need, we will continue to work tirelessly to improve upon the conditions in which they teach to provide continuous opportunities for our students,” he added.

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