Mr Alex Mawusi Boadi, the Acting Volta Regional Director of Education, has stressed the need for Ghana to accord education the needed importance in national development planning just as developed countries did.
He said the country must take a cue from those countries by ensuring that “educational policies and their implementation do not sacrifice quality but promote it…”
Mr Boadi was delivering the keynote address at the 11th Quadrennial Volta Regional Delegates Conference of Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU), in Ho.
“Today, they (developed countries) are flourishing in every facet of life because they rightfully accorded education a fundamental role when it comes to their development as a people,” he stated.
A total of 214 accredited delegates attended the conference, on the theme, “Quality Education, The Bedrock for Regional Development”.
Mr Buadi said a country’s all-round wellbeing was a reflection of the amalgamation of “knowledge, skills and attitudes” of its people, acquired from education.
He said quality education was not an event but a process, involving, “stakeholders putting into the education system, quality inputs…”
Mr Buadi congratulated TEWU for its contribution to the progress of education in the Volta Region.
Martin Goodnews Aforve, the Regional Industrial Relations Officer, expressed worry about the sliding standards of education in the Region, which used to be the “best producer of human resources”.
He called for a cohesive management approach that would bring all players along, and hard work to improve education in the Region.
Mr Aforve complained that some transfers of members were done without the human touch, thus “creating psychological trauma to many thereby affecting the quality output of work.
He also appealed to the Regional Directorate of Education to manage the allocation of study leave quotas more equitably.
In a message, Raph A. Apaaya, the TEWU General Secretary, said TEWU members had over the past four years under review, not relented in their role in education delivery, despite the “hard times”.
He said the role of the education workers at all levels of management, low or high, was important.
George Kportowu was elected Regional Chairman, Anthony Nyalemegbe, Vice-Chairman, Christian Kuadewu, Trustee, Joshua Addo, Finance Chairman, Richard Vance-Adjei and Egbetorke Xonam, National Executive Members. GNA