The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has revealed that his outfit has initiated the process to introduce Rural Teachers Incentive Programme (RTIP) for teachers who are teaching in the rural areas as well as those who will be teaching in remote areas of the country.
Speaking on Kumasi-based radio and TV station, Wontumi yesterday, the Member of Parliament for Bosomtwe Constituency disclosed that Ghana’s problem in the Education sector has got to do with the deployment of teachers to the various public schools in the country but not the lack of teachers.
Dr. Yaw Osei noted that Ghana has more teachers than any African country, thus, our difficulty as a nation is how best to distribute teachers evenly in the public schools. He observed that when you visit some schools in the villages, it is sad to say that you will find only three teachers from Kindergarten to junior high.
On the other way around, there are many schools in the cities and towns that have as many as three teachers in one classroom. The Minister said, “One teacher, one classroom is the norm in this country.”
Following the challenges identified by the Ministry, the teaching Minister disclosed that he has tasked the Ghana Education Service to look into how best to deploy teachers to the various schools, and also whereas consider how best to possibly adopt technology in the deployment of teachers. He continued that a committee has been charged to do that.
Furthermore, the Minister opined that for teachers to enjoy working in the remote parts of the country, there will be a Rural Teacher Incentive Programme to motivate teachers in deplorable areas.
Some incentives, the Minister mentioned will include fast-striking promotion for teachers, building teachers quarters, paying teachers study leave courses (for distance courses) among others. The Minister also disclosed that when the programme is implemented, a time will come that no teacher will reject posting to any rural areas.