The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as the country celebrates this year’s World Teachers’ Day has called on the government to invest in teachers to meet its education commitments.
UNESCO in a post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh said there is a major shortage of qualified teachers globally, hence the need for the central government to recruit more trained teachers to improve education outcomes.
The United Nations Agency indicated the World currently need at least 24 million more qualified teachers to teach at the primary level and 44 million for secondary education to reach universal education in the year 2030.
“There is a major shortage of qualified teachers globally – we need at least 24 million more for primary & 44 million for secondary education. we are calling on governments to invest In teachers to meet its education commitments,”
In a related development, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, says the Government of Ghana through the Ghana Education Service (GES), will recruit 40,000 teachers into service by the end of 2021.
Speaking on behalf of the Vice-President of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia at the 2021 and 4th edition of the Ghana Teacher Prize (GTP) award held in Sunyani, Hon Ibrahim said 40,000 to be recruited include non-teaching staff.
“Since 2017, the government has recruited 93,000 teachers but this year alone the Ghana Education Service is hoping to recruit some 40,000 more teachers and non-teaching staff to further ease congestion in our schools,” he stated.
The forthcoming teaching and non-teaching staff recruitment the Vice-President representative at the 2021 World Teachers Day ceremony said will help reclaim teaching and learning for human-centred recovery.
Mr Mohammed Awal at the event told teachers the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo administration is committed to supporting them to deliver quality learning outcomes to support the government developmental aspirations.