Deputy Minister for Education-designate Rev. John Ntim Fordjour says plans are underway to launch a Teacher Welfare App to promptly address teachers’ welfare grievances.

The Assin South MP says the welfare of teachers is a major concern to government and assured that all their outstanding issues to do with teacher upgrading, recent promotion challenges, allowances and other tenable concerns would be tackled with alacrity.

There will also be the deployment of case managers to every region to address and timeously resolve teachers’ concerns as part of efforts to make life better for them.

The App, an initiative of the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, is expected to help mitigate, to a large extent, the many challenges relating to the welfare and management of teachers.

Rev Ntim Fodjour said this when he spoke at the 90th-anniversary celebration of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) in Accra on Wednesday, where he represented his minister.

The occasion, also used as an investment forum, was on the theme: “Beyond Teachers’ Fund; Making the Teacher Economically Sound.”

Addressing the leadership and members of GNAT, he intimated that teachers across the country have contributed immensely to the socio-economic development of the nation. He reitrated government’s commitment to timeously address teacher welfare concerns.

He expressed delight at the judicious and productive initiatives undertaken by GNAT in their bid to improve the lots of its members.

Rev Ntim Forjour He particularly commended the business exploits of GNAT, including the acquisition of majority shares in Unique Insurance and the Sweden Ghana Medical Centre.

He also commended the GNAT for its investments in real estates and the rolling out of a housing scheme for members.

Rev Ntim Fordjour assured teachers that the Ministry of Education will in due course make available 280,000 laptops to teachers on cost-sharing basis to equip them to deliver more effectively.

He called on all teachers across the length and breadth of the country to join hands with the Ministry of Education to build a world-class education system.