Teachers are to Blame for Ghana’s Economic Problems not the finance minister – Deputy Minister

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, is not to blame for the country’s current economic problems, but teachers, according to Gifty Twum-Ampofo, the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Technician and Vocational Education Training (TVET).

According to Gifty Twum-Ampofo, a nation’s gross tertiary enrolment ratio has a significant role in how well its economy performs.

She lamented, however, that due to students’ poor performance, Ghana has a low gross tertiary enrollment ratio, which has a huge detrimental influence on the country’s economy.

“Research has proven that any country’s gross tertiary enrollment ratio has so much to do with GDP. So, for our instructors and for our lecturers here once you have these responsibilities and you get so much committed then we are sure that the gross tertiary enrollment ratio will definitely increase and when that increase the GDP of the country will increase”

She continued “and for this simple reason, if the economy is not doing well, it is not the economists, it is the teachers. Let me say that again if the economy is not doing well, it is not the finance minister, it is not the economist it is the teacher because the performance of the economy depends on the country’s gross tertiary enrollment ratio” she told the gathering.

Gifty Twum-Ampofo urged teachers to do more to contribute their share to the economic growth of the country through the training of the necessary human capital for economic transformation. She further emphasized that countries with a gross tertiary enrollment ratio of 40% and above have fantastic GDPs, while those with lower gross tertiary enrollment ratios have struggling economies.

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“Countries whose GDP is 40% and above are fantastic, and those of us whose GDP is lower are experiencing economic hardship; therefore, the solution is a foundation that you have established as a teacher right now.”

Speaking on the subject of “175 Years of Education Honouring Our Past, Celebrating The Present, and Shaping The Future” at the Presbyterian College of Education’s 175th Anniversary, she said this on Saturday, July 1, 2023.

The Ghanaian Presbyterian Church’s Moderator Additionally, Rt. Rev. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, Chancellor of Presbyterian University Ghana PUG, called on the government to develop a special compensation plan for College of Education instructors as they transfer to Degree Awarding Institutions.

In order to encourage teachers to completely commit to teaching and teacher training in the nation, the Moderator believes that teacher compensation should be updated and packaged specifically to suit the transition from Diploma Awarding Institutions to Degree Awarding Institutions.

The Moderator also asked the government to transform institutes of education into fully equipped universities that will grant their own degrees independently and without affiliation.

On the other hand, the principal of the Presbyterian College of Education, Akropong Rev. Nicholas Apreh Siaw, highlighted a number of pressing issues that the college must address, including inadequate staff housing, inadequate vehicles to support students to school and for field experiences, and the encroachment on their lands.

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