A group calling itself the Ghana Trainee Teachers (GhaTT) has welcomed the choice of former Education Minister Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as the running mate to former President John Mahama in this year’s general elections.
“We, Ghana Trainee Teachers (GhaTT), write to express our deep-hearted enthusiasm for the nomination of Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, an astute academician and a humble woman of integrity with enviable proven track records in the education industry”, the group said in a statement co-signed by Nasrullah Mutawakil, President; Ayitey Samuel, Secretary; and Joseph Boakye, PRO.
It added: “We are particularly happy about the emeralds she brings to the table as an educationist, a former Minister of Education and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast”.
“As Trainee Teachers, we recount her fantastic work as a sector minister who ensured that all trained teachers from Colleges of Education were duly employed directly into the Ghana Education Service (GES). Unlike today, under Akufo-Addo, qualified trained teachers are being forced to sit for licensure examination and also undergo a one-year national service only to be denied employment afterwards”, the group lamented.
In the teacher education fraternity alone, the groups said: “We can add to Prof Opoku-Agyemang’s achievements as the Minister of Education who increased trainee teachers’ enrolment from 9,000 to 15,500 annually, added eight new colleges of education, ensured all colleges of education benefited from GETFund Projects such as hostels, dining halls, teachers’ flat etc”.
Some of the eight new colleges, the group said, include St. Ambrose College of Education at Dormaa Akwamu, Al Faruq College of Education at Wenchi, Bia Lamplighter College of Education at Bia, Methodist College of Education, Akim Oda, SDA College of Education at Agona in Ashanti Region, McCoy College of Education in Wa, Gambaga College of Education in Tamale
“Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the Matthew Opoku-Prempeh-led ministry of education as it had introduced the obnoxious licensure examination and national service. Painfully, the Akufo-Addo-led government denies newly-trained teachers employment after going through this stress”.
In the group’s view, “With Professor Naana as Vice-President of the Republic, we believe the licensure examination and national service would be cancelled and more importantly, automatic recruitment of teachers would be restored”.