State of the Nation Address Teacher absenteeism has gone down in my administration - Mahama

President Mahama stressed government's commitment to ensuring that technical and vocational training institutions are given a boost.

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President John Mahama has hailed the reduction of teachers by the Education ministry for its aggressive efforts to stamp out teacher absenteeism in public schools.

According to him, the development is a sign that educational standards are improving, urging the public not to be misled by claims that standards are falling.

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In his last State of the Nation Address in Parliament in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution, he said "Teacher absenteeism has gone down from 27% to below 9%."

He said "Our vision under my administration was to improve access to education and quality of education... Lack of access to education meant that many children were being left behind.

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"We are seeing improved performances in the WASSCE by public schools across the country... At tertiary level the construction of additional universities has improved access to that level of education," he added.

President Mahama stressed government's commitment to ensuring that technical and vocational training institutions are given a boost.

He noted that the construction of new community day high schools has improved the education system adding that Ghana has over the last three years taken the three top spots in the WASSCE exams.

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