SCHOOL REFORMS IN GHANA: A CHALLENGE TO TEACHER QUALITY AND PROFESSIONALISM by ProQuest

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The role of the teacher in the modern school system is increasingly important and complex. A teacher needs a high level of professional knowledge and autonomous decision making when faced with professional challenges. Educational reform in Ghana like any other parts of the world calls for the type of teacher who is highly trained, motivated, dedicated and committed to the teaching profession to effect the anticipated desirable changes among students. In the era of increasing standard and accountability in education, teacher quality and training is more important than ever. Teachers are expected to demonstrate excellence in the practical craft of teaching, show regard for highest standard of ethical behavior in their relationship with students, colleagues, headteachers, and external publics. Teachers are to exhibit courage and leadership, and work collaboratively with colleagues for the benefit of students. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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									 SCHOOL REFORMS IN GHANA: A CHALLENGE TO TEACHER QUALITY
                   AND PROFESSIONALISM

                      CLEMENT KWADZO AGEZO
             Florida A & M University, P. O. Box 71353,
                    Tallahassee, FL 32307, U.S.A.



           The role of the teacher in the modern school
           system is increasingly important and complex. A
           teacher needs a high level of professional
           knowledge and autonomous decision making
           when faced with professional challenges.
           Educational reform in Ghana like any other
           parts of the world calls for the type of teacher
           who is highly trained, motivated, dedicated and
           committed to the teaching profession to effect the
           anticipated desirable changes among students.
           In the era of increasing standard and
           accountability in education, teacher quality and
           training is more important than ever. Teachers
           are expected to demonstrate excellence in the
           practical craft of teaching, show regard for
           highest standard of ethical behavior in their
           relationship     with    students,    colleagues,
           headteachers, and external publics. Teachers
           are to exhibit courage and leadership, and work
           collaboratively with colleagues for the benefit of
           students.

There are a number of key events which have changed the post
independence environment in which teachers teach and students
learn in many African countries. Successive governments have
attempted to re-orient the strong liberal-humanist traditions of
schooling characterized by a belief in intrinsic, non-instrumental
value of education toward a more functional view characterized by
competency based and results driven teaching (Helsby, 1999). It is
important to recognize that education is essential to the well-being of
the state and that a stable, social, and economic environment could
best be facilitated if all persons were literate. Education has a
fundamental role in maintaining the fabric of our society. We can not

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ignore the significant social costs borne by nations when select
groups are denied the means to absorb the values and skills upon
which their social order rests. It is doubtful if any child could
succeed in life if he/she is denied the opportunity of education in
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