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‘No Way I Will Insult Diploma Teachers’-Education Minister

Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh (NAPO), the  Minister of Education has responded to a video circulating on social media in which he is purported to have implied that diploma students had poor results. The minister said the video had been doctored to distort his comments merely for political purposes. According to the minister,who is also the member of Parliament for manhyia South Constituency in the Ashanti region,  there was no way he would insult teachers for the selfless and sacrificial jobs they do in the country.  He said on Kumasi based Nhyira fm today that,  there was nothing that would even make him dare to speak against teachers looking at the services teachers render in the country.  According to the famous political figure, the NPP government has committed to pay teachers salaries the NDC owed them from 2013 to 2016. This, he noted was because the party and the Education Ministry value the work teachers do for the development of the country. “It’s surprising that people would seek to twist my views and piece them up to get a distortion just to achieve their devilish plot. I will never insult teachers because we are the only government that has committed to pay teachers huge arrears owed them from 2013 to 2016”,  Commenting specifically on the video in circulation against his person, Dr NAPO wondered the motivation to doctor his views in such a criminal manner. He said the video recording has been carefully pieced and his views distorted to suggest an insult on teachers especially diploma holding ones. The NPP, the minister of Education noted has offered diploma teachers the opportunity to do a four-year degree, a sort of top-up to their grades.  Dr NAPO revealed that diploma holding teachers who would take advantage to get grades at the university is sure to get better remuneration close to five times what they got when they had only diploma certificates.  The Minister assured both diploma and graduate teachers the government’s commitment to leading the case for their welfare. He noted that more incentives would be rolled out to ensure teachers do well in their favourite profession. Teacher award schemes and scholarships for further studies are all in the pipeline to motivate Ghanaian teachers, Dr NAPO posited. Foster

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