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Youth Employment Agency calls on Education Minister


The management of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), led by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Vincent Kuagbenu, has called on the Honourable Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, to share their view on the training of a certain cadet of teachers to teach at the pre-school and basic levels of education.

According to him, the programme is aimed at recruiting and training of Senior High School (SHS) graduates who are currently unemployed to contribute its quota to government’s current agenda to create employment opportunities for the youth of the country.

He disclosed that, after the two-year training, the products would be posted to pre and basic schools.

The YEA boss indicated that, his outfit would collaborate with the GES on the modalities for the training of untrained teachers already in the system to enable them serve in the communities where they come from.

On funding of the programme, he assured the Minister of available and adequate funds to support the programme.

Responding, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang received the message with hope and said both the Ministry and the GES support the programme since it will help close the existing gap in teacher deployment to some deprive and underserved communities.

She asked the YEA to collaborate with the GES since there are existing training institutions that could be made available to it in the training schedule.

The Hon. Minister asked the agency to encourage SHS graduates to apply to the Colleges of Education for admission to undergo professional teacher education and training.

Whilst welcoming the idea of partnership between the YEA and MoE/GES, she asked them to come out clearly with the exact thing that they wanted to do to ensure understanding and the necessary support.

The Minister cautioned YEA against parallel training of teachers since there are existing training institutions emphasizing the system of recruitment in place which should be strictly adhered to.

On the training of untrained teachers, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang admonished YEA to collaborate with the University of Cape Coast (UCC) since it had a record on that.

She informed the group that, there were plans to advertise vacancies for trained teachers to apply and be posted to fill the vacancy of their choice.

Furthermore, the Minister noted that the sustainability of the programme should be assured so that it is not left hanging in future.

She recommended a meeting between the YEA and the Pre-tertiary education unit as well as the GES and said the outcome should be made available to her and the GES Council.

In his contribution, the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Enoch Cobbinah, said he was happy that there was a funding package for the programme because the Ministry of Finance was strict on the numbers on government payroll.

He also advised the YEA to think through the issues critically, especially what to do with the teachers after their two-year engagement to avoid protests and or court actions.

Present at the meeting were the Director of Human Resources of the Ministry, Mrs. Dora Darkwa Mensah, and the Head of Public Relations, Mr. Dan Osman Mwin.

Other members were Ms. Matilda Antwi, Samuel Jabanyite, Sulemana Ibrahim, Jamila Jakalia and Taholu Rashad all from YEA.

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