Former Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh bids farewell to teacher unions

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The former Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has met with the leadership of several teacher unions to bid them farewell as he draws the curtains on his tenure as the sector head.

He met with the leaders of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT).

During their interactions, he expressed gratitude for their cooperation with the Ministry at various critical stages and decision-making processes.

According to him, the unions in the education sector aided in the roll-out of the Free Senior High School policy in 2017 and its subsequent alterations, the revision of the objective-based curriculum, and bringing teachers up to speed with the new teaching techniques required for the standard-based curriculum.

In addition, he lauded the unions for ensuring that their members play a major role in teacher reforms which encompassed a new curriculum, a phase out of the diploma course and the agreement with the University of Cape Coast to upgrade diploma holders to degree holders within a relatively short period.

He noted that successes chalked in the Education Ministry is as a result of a cordial relationship between the government and the various unions.

Dr Opoku Prempeh gave the assurance that government is working on acquiring laptops for all teachers in the various unions to facilitate their work.

He, therefore, urged the leaders of the unions to ensure their members get abreast with the use of technology, especially in a time the world has had to go digital in its activities in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has been designated to head the Ministry of Energy after receiving an appointment by President Akufo-Addo.