The former minister of education, Hon. Mathew Opoku-Prempeh had bid farewell to the teaching fraternity. He made this revelation after he invited the leadership of the Pre-tertiary Unions (NAGRAT, GNAT and CCT) to his office on Tuesday, 26th January 2021 to bid them farewell as he drew the curtains on his tenure as Minister of Education.
In a meeting, he took the opportunity to thank the teacher unions for their massive cooperation with the Ministry of Education at various critical decision points. He hammered on the support he received during the implementation of the famous Free Senior High School (FSHS) policy.
“Notably, the unions cooperated with me and my team during the rollout of the Free Senior High School programme in 2017 and its subsequent modifications, the revision of the objective-based curriculum, and bringing teachers up to speed with the new teaching techniques required for the standards-based curriculum”, he proclaimed.
According to the Former Education Minister who is currently the Minister-Designate for Energy, the unions also ensured that their members were on board during the Teacher Reforms which encompassed a new curriculum, a phase-out of the diploma programme for Colleges of Education, and the agreement with the University of Cape Coast to upgrade diploma holders to degree holders within a relatively short period.
He however confirmed the news making rounds about the purported laptops to be distributed to all teachers.
“We have also been working on acquiring laptops for all teachers, something the union leaders have acknowledged as being unprecedented”, he reiterated.
According to him, this initiative feeds into President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s National Digitisation agenda. He indicated that it is his fervent hope that when teachers receive their laptops, they will become more comfortable in using technology as a tool in an era where blended education is the norm.
He continued to show much appreciation to the pre-tertiary unions for their submissiveness and contribution to the education industry.
“If I succeeded as Minister of Education, it was partly because these major stakeholders, the teachers, through constant dialoguing, granted the government room to operate. I will truly miss them”, he stated.