The Deputy Minister of Education, responsible for Pre-Tertiary Education, Mrs Elizabeth Amoah-Tetteh, has counselled members of the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU), to constantly upgrade themselves, through distance education and sandwich courses, available in the universities and colleges, and obtain higher qualifications, and professional competence.
She gave the advice in an address read for her at the fifth quadrennial national delegates conference of the TEWU Women’s Committee, in Kumasi, on the theme: “Professional competence through available opportunities”.
Mrs. Amoah-Tetteh said “the government, through the Ghana Education Service (GES), has accepted the challenge of teachers’ upgrading, as a national responsibility and would assist them to become professionally competent”.
She was hopeful that TEWU as a Union, would sponsor many of its members on yearly basis, to attend courses to make them efficient, especially in information and communications technology, record keeping, human relations and administration.
Mrs. Amoah-Tetteh urged the leadership of the union to encourage its core executive members to avail themselves of such courses and consider extending the initiative to the regional and district staff.
She encouraged them to address all issues with the GES and “not to resort to threats and strikes so that together with the professional teachers, we build a strong and relevant human resource for the total development of Ghana”.
The national president of the Women’s Committee, Ms Johanna Hammond, advised that issues on the 15% retention premium, the Single Spine Salary Structure placement and migration of the union’s members should be tackled with urgency.