Teachers have been urged to regard the new educational policy as an opportunity to be innovative in their planning and teaching methods that would improve the quality of education in the country, particularly at the basic level.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah said this at a ceremony held by the authorities of the University to welcome 1993 final year students who have completed their nine months’ internship (teaching practice).

He, in this regard, urged teachers not to be overwhelmed by the numerous challenges posed by the implementation of the educational reforms but should use the rich knowledge they have acquired during their training for the benefit of the nation.

He said through the internship the University was gradually creating a new breed of teachers who are carrying out a “silent but effective revolution in schools”.

Professor Anamuah-Mensah suggested that the Ghana Education Service (GES) should make teaching mentoring programmes offered by Institutions of higher learning a national policy.

According to him the programmes offered the needed opportunity for student teachers time to reflect, develop and improve on their practice as well as time to experiment, discuss and take decisions for the future.

The Vice-Chancellor urged the teachers to “let the light you have been given shine on the hilltops and the valleys of ignorance in your communities and the deprived part of the country”.

In an address read for him, the District Director of Education, Mr. Kweku Arhin urged teachers to stay in the country and remain in service to help improve education in the country.

He said their service is mostly needed, especially at this time of the new education reforms programme.

Source: GNA