Newly graduating teachers of the Mampong Technical College of Education have been tasked to champion girls education in their respective districts and also serve as advocates against all forms of gender stereotyping.
The 664 diploma holders have been asked to “fight every situation that seeks to deny girls the right to quality education.”
The Principal of the College, Rev. Dr Nyuieko Victor Kwami Avotri, urged the graduates to change their own orientation on gender to enable them to confront some of the negative cultural beliefs and practices that were affecting the development of girls'in their respective communities and schools.
“We need you all to be gender champions in your schools to promote girls education as much as possible without playing down on that of boys.
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“Fight against child marriages in your communities and let the male teachers refrain from making sexual advances towards young girls to enable them to concentrate on their studies,” Rev Dr Avotri added.
He further advised them to be good fathers, mothers, wives and husbands to serve as role models to people in their various communities.
The principal also urged the teachers not to be content with their current situations but improve on themselves since the old ways of doing things were now giving way to excellence.
“Be abreast of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) because inclusive education is now paramount,” he said.
This year only one student of the Untrained-Teacher Diploma in Basic Education (UTDBE) programme had a first class division.
One hundred and thirty-six students, representing approximately 17 per cent failed to make the mark to graduate.
The Executive Secretary of the National Teaching Council, Dr (Mrs) Evelyn Owusu Oduro, said since basic education comprised basic and senior high, teachers must acquire a minimum of bachelors’ degree to be able to teach in schools in Ghana.
She, therefore, urged them to continue with their academic and professional careers after the diploma to upgrade themselves to meet the new basic requirements in teaching.
“Take advantage of the numerous advanced educational programmes available to improve upon your lesson delivery,” she advised.