Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has indicated that incentives should be given to encourage more female teachers to access digital development opportunities in the country.
This follows the stark discrepancy between female and male participants, with female teachers accounting for 30% and male teachers for 70% in a pilot study aimed at improving the country’s teaching and learning practices.
Dr. Adutwum said this in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), GiftyTwumAmpofo, at the launch of the report in Accra last Thursday.
Dubbed “Improving Ghana’s Teaching Practices: An Innovative and Scalable Digital Solution from the Ministry of Education and Instill Education,” the pilot study was spearheaded by the National Teaching Council (NTC).
Its aim was to revolutionize educational leadership, teaching and learning in schools to achieve Sustainable Development Goal four (SDG 4).
The eight-week pilot program that launched in February of this year targeted at least 5,000 teachers across the country with a digital solution called “[email protected]”
Dr. Adutwum said there was therefore a need for digital platforms to be gender-friendly, particularly considering the multitasking nature of women.
He stated that the government was collaborating with the NTC to ensure that the sky became the starting point for teachers despite the challenges they faced.
Dr. Christian Addai-Poku, Registrar, NTC commended Instill Education, a pan-African higher education institution, and the MasterCard Foundation for supporting the study.
He noted that Instill and the NTC jointly identified 10 modules (seven for classroom teachers and three for principals).
Dr. Addai-Poku said that the teachers in the pilot worked together with 31 expert trainers who managed WhatsApp groups and received support from Instill to create virtual professional learning communities for the pilot participants.
The NTC Registrar also called on telecommunications companies to offer their platforms as part of efforts to provide digital solutions to improve teaching practices.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Instill Education, AlimLadha, for his part, pointed out that everything can be taken from an individual, except knowledge.
He said that was why the younger generation and students had to take their education and studies seriously.
Mr. Ladha said we also needed to get to the heart of education “if we want to move forward as a continent.”
He said his organization was in the country to partner with the entire education system
Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, former vice-chancellor of the University of Education Winneba (UEW) and chairman of the event, said there was a pressing need for the country to come up with a strategy to meet the evolving world’s needs in the education sector. .
“We need to change the way we do things and train our students. We need to develop the kind of strategies that allow us to prepare for the future,” he added.