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Home-owning retirement package for teachers, President Akufo-Addo promises

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Akufo-Addo announces home-owning retirement package for teachers

President of Ghana. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced a new affordable-housing policy for teachers, adding that an opportunity will also be provided for them to own houses in desired locations in various parts of the country.

He said the affordable housing initiative will involve the provision of houses for both mortgage and rental.

To be made up of 10,000 units, the project will be completed by 2024.

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Tuesday, January 4 while addressing the 6th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) in Kumasi.

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“I am fully aware that the one challenge facing teacher ownership of homes beyond finance is their inability to purchase home where they intend to retire,” the President said.

“Through a subsidised loan programme, teachers will be provided an opportunity to own houses in desired locations in various parts of the country.”

He said the Ministry of Works and Housing is in discussions with teacher unions including GNAT on this while the Ministry of Education is liaising with the National Service Scheme on it.

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“Within the next two years, it is proposed that 10,000 housing units on affordable terms will be developed for teachers across the country.”

He also pledged to address the issue about concerns raised by teachers over the ‘One Teacher, One Laptop’ initiative.

Source: 3news.com

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Government To Improve The Conduct Of Aptitude Test For Teachers This Year-President Akuffo-Addo

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The aptitude test was introduced in Ghana by the Ghana Education Service  in 2019 as a tool for assessing  the competence and skills of teachers in pre-tertiary institutions.

His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo, when speaking at a conference, posited that the aptitude test organised by GES will be improved massively since it propels teachers to beef up their classroom competence.

During the 2021 Teachers Promotion Aptitude Test, out of the “Forty-six thousand, two hundred and seventy-three(46,273) sat for the aptitude test, Twenty-nine thousand, four hundred and sixty-five, ie 63.6℅ were successful”.

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The head of government goes on to assure prospective candidates that the conduct of this year’s test will be improved to avoid inconveniences that were experienced last year.

” To prevent undue delays in the promotion of qualified teachers,  government will in 2022, improve the conduct of aptitude tests leveraging on the lessons learned the one conducted in 2021″.

An aptitude test is a test designed to determine a person’s ability in a particular skill or field of knowledge.

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