A consultative stakeholders’ meeting on policy for training of primary and basic education teachers is underway at the NCTVA hall in Freetown.
According to Prof. John I. Nwankor, a consultant from UNESCO’s Dakar office, 375, 000 dollars has been allocated to train 4000 teachers.
Prof. Ekundayo J.D. Thompson pointed out that the initiative was a bid to improve on the performance of pupils and enhance the capacity of the teachers. He said the workshop was to put in place a draft policy for the training of teachers of basic education.
The director general of education, Williamson Taylor, revealed that the ministry was committed to improve on primary education nationwide.
The workshop would review and appraise the current policy on primary teachers’ training and review the national action plan and discuss the proposal on teaching service commission.
The policy, which will be extensively looked at in the workshop, is to increase by one hundred percent the number of primary and basic education teachers produced by teachers’ training institutions in two years.
The policy also makes for the reduction of untrained and unqualified primary school teachers and also to improve the conditions of service of teachers.