President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has promised to improve the lives of Ghanaian teachers by helping them acquire their own houses.

The president speaking on Saturday at the 21st Congregation Ceremony of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) said “accordingly, government intends to facilitate teacher training nationwide, as well as special incentives for them, such as support for teachers to acquire their own homes, in collaboration with the Ghana National Association of Teachers, NAGRAT, and other teaching associations to facilitate an affordable housing scheme for teachers.”

President Akufo-Addo added that his government intends to pay attention to the well-being of Ghanaian teachers to help create the skilled workforce needed to transform the economy.

“For us also to make a success of our nation, we must pay attention to teachers. It is only a crop of well-trained, self-confident and contented teachers that can deliver the educated and skilled workforce we require to transform our economy.”

The President added: “We will also support teachers to enroll in Distance Education programmes to boost their capacity. This is in line with our policy of motivating teachers, and rewarding their hard work in the classroom.

“It is for this reason that government, from September, is re-introducing the teacher training allowance that was cancelled by the previous government.”

The President also stated that the NPP government will partner and support public universities in the country with the aim of raising and improving their standards.

“Ghanaian Universities should be ranked amongst the top 10 on the continent. This is not beyond us to achieve, and my government will ensure that universities are equipped with the requisite logistics and guarantee that lecturers are well motivated to achieve this feat.”