Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast is working to change over to electronic form of teaching and learning to promote efficiency.
The Headmaster of the school, Reverend Ebenezer Aidoo, who stated this, said to that end, the school had purchased 10 projectors to aid the implementation of its electronic teaching and learning project.
He was speaking at the opening of the school’s 2022 staff development workshop and retreat for the staff to promote efficiency.
The workshop and retreat for its staff also aimed at shifting teaching and learning towards modern technological and electronic methods of teaching, discuss ways of effectively using the laptops provided teachers under the one teacher, one laptop project to optimise contact hour effects.
The four-day workshop on the theme: “You cannot give what you do not have,” was also to discuss issues of staff wellbeing to motivate staff to give of their best
Rev. Aidoo noted that it would be inappropriate for teachers to continue in their old ways of teaching in the 21st century.
“We cannot continue to use old methods for teaching in this day of technological advancement and that all efforts must be made to catch up with the rest of the world,” he stated
Adopt relevant teaching
Addressing the workshop, the Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr Anthony Owusu Boateng said the time of teaching unpractical textbook definitions, which were now irrelevant to life’s problems, was over.
He said for a teacher to effectively give to the students that set of knowledge, he/she must have adequate knowledge of that subject “he teaches and the new applicable situations of the times.”
Mr Boateng indicated that as teachers, they should be conscious of the fact that they were moulding characters, which would have serious impact on the future of the country and humanity as a whole.
“We need to give them knowledge, which is appropriate and relevant , we need to instil in them a sense of discipline and morality as well as skills of problem solving so that they can manipulate their environment for their own survival and that of the entire community and humanity,” he stated.
Mr Owusu said teachers should, therefore, strive to acquire the appropriate and relevant knowledge and skills, which they expect students to have for their future life, by the time they leave the school.
“As teachers, one of our critical responsibilities is to imbibe in our students discipline,” he stated, adding that a teacher who had the habit of disrespecting authority, could not be advising students to respect authority.
“For a student to be disciplined, the teacher must be disciplined and for the teacher to be able to instil in his students the appropriate morals, the teacher must have those set of morals to be able to impart,” he said.
The Central Regional Director of Education, Mrs Martha Owusu Agyeman, in her remarks, said the workshop was important to strengthen their capacities as implementors of the GES policies.
She stated that the teaching community must keep pace with emerging technologies, new theories and terminologies to adequately resolve the problem of the day.
Mrs Agyeman commended the school management for organising the workshop and encouraged all the staff to comport themselves as professionals to be updated on new educational policies and values of their teaching skills.