Reverend John Ntim Fordjour, the Deputy Minister in charge of Education says the Ministry of Education (MoE) mid this year will train approximately 100,000 public pre-tertiary teachers from the Northern Region in digital literacy.
Slated for July this year, the Reverend Minister said the comprehensive digital literacy training will be supervised by the National Teaching Council (NTC) and conducted by SteadyX, an international IT Consortium.
Speaking to journalists at the 50th Anniversary Speech and Prize Giving Day for Yendi Senior High School on Saturday, he said the teachers with skills in teaching in a digital age, teaching with multimedia and cybersecurity among others.
As part of measures to ensure a successful training of the 100,000 public school teachers, the Deputy Minister for Education said training of 100 master trainers for the programme will begin on May 30, 2022, in Greater Accra.
“It is worth noting that training of master trainers was launched last Friday and this is to pave way for the commencement of the training on Monday,” the Assin South Member of Parliament told the media at the event.
The Education Minister furthered that apart from the upcoming training for teachers from the northern sector, there have been numerous training for some teachers in the country as part of the gradual training of all teachers.
According to him, his outfit and the NTC in collaboration with Commonwealth Learning (an International Intergovernmental Organization) have between May and June 2021 trained 1050 teachers in digital literacy.
“Instil Education, another IT company which has targeted training 10,000 teachers in digital literacy between June and December 2021 has already trained 5.500 teachers and 38 master trainers for the national training programme,” he noted.
Under the Ghana Accountability of Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP), he said 43,000 teachers in the project schools have also been trained in digital literacy to ensure they make good use of IT in their teaching and learning.
The Assin South lawmaker indicated that MoE and NTC have established a strong collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning which is ready to support the establishment of an Open University in Ghana.
“As part of the effort to strengthen the collaboration, the Commonwealth of Learning and the NTC from June to October last year trained 100 Master trainers and 4,000 teachers,” the Deputy Minister for Education disclosed.