The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) in the Northern region has held this year’s quadrennial regional delegates’ conference to elect new executives to steer the affairs of the association for the next 4 years.
Addressing delegates at the event, the regional chairman of NAGRAT, Mohammed Saani Alhassan pledged the association’s commitment to nationalizing teacher development and training to help mitigate the hustle some of the teachers go through to participate in the training exercise.
“Every year NAGRAT organizes training seminar for teachers before they go for the interview. Professionals in the educational sector take them through Two days orientation. We realized that since this team started a number of them who pass has increased tremendously. Currently it is organized at the national level so we are planning to organize it at the district level. This is to ensure that teachers will not travel long distance to attend the seminars,” he disclosed.
The 12th national delegate’s conference was on the theme: “The free SHS Policy, its Prospects, Challenges and Way Forward”.
The Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, who was the guest of honor at the conference, explained that the Free Senior High School policy was a development issue and not a tool for political gain.
“And for us, the president together with the governing members, we see this Free Senior High School policy as a development issue, not a political issue, or a political rhetoric or a partisan issue because education is key, education unlocks various doors and opportunities in life, even in our modern times,” he said.
He added that: “there are challenges and prospects in the Free SHS. It is not the best but that is not the end, because of that government has given a directive to GETfund and Regional Directors of Education to immediately compile the issues with regard to furniture and other needs for them to be addressed. So I want to re-assure you that from next term, before school re-opens you will see some improvements. Definitely, for now there will be inconvenience but it’s going to be a temporary thing.”
At the end of the conference the following people were elected as Northern region NAGRAT executives: Mohammed Saani Alhassan, Chairman; Nasamu Christopher, Pubility Organizing Secretary; Issahaku Sumaila, Finance Officer and Amamata Seidu, Ladies of Excellence Coordinator.
By: Muniru Bariya, radiotamale.com