Ghana says it will soon begin exporting teachers to neighboring countries.
The country’s education minister, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh says the plan is a priority for the government.
The minister told journalists in Accra that Ghana stands to gain from francophone countries, willing to exchange French tutors for English teachers, should the proposal materialize.
“Training for export is high on the agenda. I had a meeting with the World Bank more than two weeks ago where they would want Ghana to open up and bring in fellow African countries who are in more dire situation than ourselves like Liberia and Sierra Leone, to train their teachers and export teacher to them in the interim,” said Dr Opoku Prempeh.
Ghana shares border with three french speaking countries, namely Togo, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.
Ghanaian officials are hoping these countries will request for English teachers in exchange for French teachers.
The education minister said he held “discussions with the Guineans who want to bring us French teachers, of course we are also lacking French teachers and they will take English teachers.”
“So we are exploring everything, I believe that Ghana stands at the cross road of exporting some of our human talents. So we would explore and give the positions to everybody who so desires,” Prempeh added.
He said “a country like Philippine exports all manner of things and human beings to all over the world. And I can tell you they are exporting house helps to Ghana now, a country like Vietnam are bringing house helps to us.”
Ghana is currently running an free educational system that requires adequate teachers.
It is not clear how many excess teachers Ghana is willing to export and when that will start.