President Nana Akufo-Addo after doubling the expenditure spent on education by the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama administration has said his government has invested in education and teachers more than the former.
He in a brief address at the 64th Quadranneil conference of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) held in Kumasi on Tuesday said Mahama spent GH¢20.7 billion education but he since 2017 has invested GH¢40.4 billion.
“My government has invested more in education and teachers and will continue to ensure that opportunities to access/own homes during and after retirement are available to government teachers in the country
This government’s commitment to education been that public expenditure on education has almost doubled from GH¢20.7 billion between 2013 and 2016, that is in the Mahama era, (GH¢40.4 billion) between 2017 and 2020,” he said.
Akufo-Addo as part of efforts to improve teachers working conditions and welfare said the Ministry of Education (MoE) and National Service Scheme (NSS) are working on a project for all public teachers to own their a house by 2024.
“Within the next two years, it is proposed that ten thousand (10,000) housing units on affordable terms will be developed for teachers across the country,” the President of the Republic told teachers at the GNAT conference.
He citing the outbreak of the globally transmitted coronavirus commended teachers for their enormous contribution to improving the country’s education despite the presence of the killer virus that has claimed the lives of others.
“Continuous assessment, the BECE and the WASSCE have all been written by thousands and thousands of students, under your care and guidance, in conditions of safety and orderliness, and without incident,” Nana praised teachers.
President Nana Akufo-Addo also said the central government this year will improve the conduct of the 2022 edition of the aptitude test conducted by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to fast track the promotion of qualified teachers.