The Minister of Education, Hon Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum says his outfit is currently in talks with the various recognised teacher unions in the country to launch an initiative dubbed rural area teacher incentive programme later this year.
The incentive programme, the Education Minister in an interview monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh said would encourage new teachers posted by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to teach in rural areas to show off their best.
“We have so many teachers in the country but we have to put measures in place for teachers posted to rural areas currently we are working with the teacher unions to set up a rural area teacher incentive programme,” he stated.
The Bosomtwe Member of Parliament noted stimulus to teachers is the best way to make them teach effectively and well in the classroom. “We are in consultations with the unions on what to give to rural areas teachers,” he added.
In another interview, Dr Adutwum said the Ministry of Education (MoE) at the appropriate time will introduce a policy to reward public teachers posted to rural areas and are willing to stay for a longer period beyond three years.
“Incentives for rural teachers, it is something that I am jumpstarting, the Ministry is going to make sure we have a policy that rewards those who are willing to stay for a longer period beyond 3 years required,” he stated on Sunday.
In a related development, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa has also said a special motivational package will be given to teachers to be posted to remote areas this year.
The GES Director-General speaking on UTV’s Mpu ne Mpu show monitored by EducationWeb said posted teachers will serve for at least three or more years, thus the need to encourage them with a stimulus to teach well in classrooms.
Mr Opoku-Amankwa said his outfit under the auspices of the Ministry of Education has partnered with the World Bank to support and enhance the standard of teaching and the lives of both students and teachers in remote areas.
The Director said the partner has introduced the Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP) to support the implementation of the Government’s Education Sector Plan (ESP) with a focus on basic education.
“Approximately 10,000 poorly performing public basic schools, which represents approximately one-half of basic schools are expected to benefit from the GALOP learning interventions,” he told the host of the Mpu ne Mpu show.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) Director-General noted that teachers under the GALOP agreement with the World Bank are to be posted to the various rural communities in the country to help the prospective basic school students.