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Akatsi North MP queries Education Minister over Private Trained Teachers

Hon. Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, Member of Parliament (MP) for Akatsi North, has dragged Minister for Education to parliament to explain steps being taking by the government through the Ministry to absorb all private trained teachers into the public education sector.

According to the MP, unlike in the health sector where privately trained health personnel are been absorbed, the private trained teachers are left to their fate.

This, Hon Nortsu-Kotoe argued, there was the need for government to extend same privilege to the private trained teachers in the country.

“Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Education what steps the Ministry is taking to absorb all privately trained teachers into the education sector as done in the health sector recently,m” the MP quizzed.

In response to the question, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempreh, the Minister for Education said a total of 14,160 trained teachers from the Colleges of Education of both public and private were posted by the Ghana Education Service (GES) in 2017.

According to him, 11,733 of the trained teachers are from the public colleges and 2,427 from the private colleges across the country.

The Minister said, the Private Colleges includes Methodist College of Education, Akim Oda 54, Jackson College of Education, Kumasi 2084, Christ the Teacher College of Education, Kumasi 46 and Cambridge College of Education, Kumasi 9.

The rest of the Colleges are St. Ambrose College of Education, Dormaa 31, Holy Spirit College of Education, Ho 92, MCcoy College of Education, Nadowli 56 andSDA College of Education, Agona-Ashanti 55, are since been absorbed in to the public system.

The sector Minister indicated that, this was the first time ever that graduates of the private Colleges were directly posted by the Ghana Education Service and assured that, henceforth , all private teachers would be absorb into the public sector.

“Mr. Speaker, last year, the Ghana Education Service was reminded of the National Service Act, which requires graduates of all tertiary institutions to undertake National Service before seeking formal employment,”Dr Prempreh said.

He added that, “all graduates from the Colleges of Education including those from both public and private were registered by the National Service secretariat in collaboration with the GES to undertake their National Service which they are currently undergoing. ”

Dr Prempreh further told parliament, during the period of their National Service they the private trained teachers would be expected to write their Licensure Examinations to secure professional license so they could teach as teachers.

He added that, those who passed the Licensure examination at the end of their national services would be employed by the GES upon application and vacancy.

He assured the August House, the government through the ministry is doing everything possible to streamline education policy to enhance quality education in the country.

Source: therepublicnewsoneline.com/Felix Nyaaba

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