The Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Osei Assibey Antwi, has affirmed the preparedness of the scheme towards the development of education in the country by posting more than 40,000 NSS personnel to the sector yearly.

He explained that the posting of NSS personnel to complement the efforts of teachers is critical in filling vacancies, especially in the hard-to-reach areas where even trained teachers are not ready to accept posting to. Meanwhile, children in such communities also need teachers to teach them.

Addressing the media on Friday in Accra on the role of the scheme in the development of education in the country, Mr Assibey Antwi explained that although the scheme is not responsible for the training of teachers in the country, the fact that they assist in the deployment of NSS personnel to teach, makes their role equally important.

He stated that the posting of NSS personnel to fill vacancies across the nation is particularly crucial, especially in schools without trained teachers to support education development in the country.

Innovative drive
The Executive Director spoke about the recent completion of a 10-day training programme in General Pedagogy for 2,000 service personnel who have been deployed to teach in Senior High and Technical Schools.

He stated that the training programme was organised by the NSS in collaboration with the National Teaching Council (NTC), Ghana Education Service Ghana (GES) and the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) to provide the requisite skills for the beneficiaries to function effectively in the classroom.

Mr Osei Assibey mentioned that the training was designed to support personnel to gain knowledge in teaching approaches and equip them with the foundational pedagogical skills in preparation for their work in schools as teachers.

The Executive Director stated that personnel who successfully completed the programme have been issued with emergency licenses for a period of one year so they could qualify to teach in the country.

Commendation
Mr Osei Assibey praised the Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, for his support and efforts towards transforming the nation’s economy through education.

The Executive Director was particularly grateful to Dr Adutwum for painstakingly following and assisting the various agencies to work as a team towards getting the best education for the country.

Again, he lauded the funding agency and all collaborators such as Ghana Education Service (GES), Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) and National Teaching Council (NTC) among others who played various roles in the preparation of the pedagogical training manual as well as the training itself.

He pledged the scheme’s desire to put in place many prudent measures to ensure that NSS personnel deployed become very useful to their host and the entire country.

The Executive Director indicated that the recent training of 2,000 personnel in General Pedagogy is part of the Scheme’s new policy direction of deployment for employment.

Assurance to the youth

The maiden General Pedagogy training for 2,000 service personnel which took place recently was opened by the Chief of Staff, Abena Frema Opare, who assured the youth of the government’s readiness to help them to also contribute their quota towards the development of the country.

She urged them to remain focused and give out their best wherever they might be posted so they could assist their students to get the best education.

The Executive Director spoke about the recent completion of a 10-day training programme in General Pedagogy for 2,000 service personnel who have been deployed to teach in Senior High and Technical Schools.

Background

The NSS for almost five decades deployed some of its personnel to assist in teaching in various pre-tertiary schools across the country.

Although the personnel are posted to all regions nationwide, those who benefit most are schools in deprived communities in the country that may not have the full complement of trained teachers in their schools due to numerous reasons.

The introduction of pedagogical skills to enhance the teaching skills of the personnel is one of the innovations that have been introduced into the scheme to make beneficiaries of the training more efficient in their teaching roles during the service period and beyond.

The GES declared the total number of vacancies in the various districts in the country leading to the NSS posting personnel to fill such vacancies.