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Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, the Minister of Education, has said prudent measures implemented have reaped a massive outcome by reducing the rate of absenteeism among teachers from 30 to 9 percent.

He said the strengthening of the National Inspectorate Board had led to a reduction in teacher absenteeism.

The Minister was speaking at the first day of a three-day Innovation Africa 2019 Summit for education, Information Communications Technology (ICT), higher education, research, and innovation organised by AfricaBrains and the Government of Ghana.

The summit brought together about 250 ministers and government officials, from across Africa to serve as a high-level ministerial forum, where industry partners.

Dr Opoku-Prempeh said the Teacher Taskforce was in the process of developing a Teacher Policy to guide recruitment, deployment, accountability, career path, rewards and remuneration, teacher standards and teacher training.

He said government has introduced the teacher licensure regime and the Continuous Professional Development to improve the professionalism of teachers and bring them in line with international best practices.

He said technology and innovation sits at the centre of Africa’s transformation agenda and that the participants have come to discuss taking this further.

Dr Opoku-Prempeh said: “We cannot, however, make any progress without an agenda that has skills development at its core and is financed by Africans.”

He said the African Union through the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and African Development Bank were operationalising the African Education Fund to facilitate the skills needed for our industrialisation.

He said there is the need for all to mobilise resources to support the African Education Fund, adding that the country has pledged Two million United States dollars to the Fund, and urged other countries to show commitment to the fund to help “own our industrial and economic transformation”.

Dr Opoku-Prempeh said the African Education Fund would provide support for investment in Technical and Vocational Education and Training; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Higher Education Research and Innovation.
Source: GNA

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