Agona-Nkwanta (W/R), Oct. 06, GNA – The Ahanta West District Assembly has set up a working committee to work out modalities for the revival of the District Best Teachers Award Scheme, Mr Joseph Dofoyena, the District Chief Executive, has said.
He was speaking at a symposium organized by the District Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) Secretariat to mark this year’s World Teacher’s Day Celebration at Agona-Nkwanta.
The symposium was under the theme: “Take a Stand Up for the Teacher”.
Mr Dofoyena said the Teacher’s Awards Day has not been held in the District since 2008 to date due technical reasons but very soon a grand event would be organized to cover for all the years that the event was not organized.
He urged the Ghana Education Service and the GNAT to widely publicize the criteria used for the selection of the best teacher award winner.
Mr Dofoyena said the District Assembly spends over 70 per cent of its resources on educational development including the provision of infrastructure such as classroom blocks, furniture and support for the training of teachers.
He said his office is working to effect payment of accumulated amount for teacher trainees and urged teachers to give their best in nation building.
Mr Eric Obese Amponsah, the District Director of Education, said teachers are going to be registered and licensed as required by the Education Act of 2008.
He said the exercise which would be undertaken by the National Teaching Council is to keep untrained teachers out of the profession.
Mr Amponsah said those in the system who have received professional training would be given five years to upgrade themselves or leave.
He said the purpose of the various reforms in the education sector is to make the education system effective and result oriented to achieve quality education in the country.
Speaking on ageing, Dr Kofi Sunderland, the District Director of Health, called on the government to put in place policies for the aged and advised those over fifty years to regularly undergo medical examination for early treatment of ailments and exercise.
Mr Ernest Attuah, Area Cooperative Affairs Manager of the Social Security and the National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), suggested to women to nominate their husbands as their beneficiaries of SSNIT as SSNIT would continue to pay survivors and invalidity benefits despite the New Pensions Law.
He said workers could voluntarily retire at 55 years and in which case, they will receive 60 per cent of their pension.