SAD: “Only UCC And UEW First Degree Holders Can Now Teach In Basic Schools” – Education Minister

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The minimum requirement for anybody to teach in basic schools in Ghana is now a First Degree especially those who completed universities with education background including UCC, UEW, others.

This was revealed by the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh when he appeared before Parliament to give updates and answer questions concerning education in the country.

According to Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the government is of the view that basic education is the foundation of every child’s education and thus the quality of teachers must be top-notch.

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He said that was why the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has introduced some new reforms regarding the training for teachers. The Education Minister told Parliament:

“We have in our focus on teacher reforms taken the necessary steps to upgrade all our Colleges of Education to university colleges to award Bachelor of Education (B.Ed), degrees, following a review of the teacher education curriculum into the standards-based curriculum.”

He added that the implementation of the new Teacher Education Curriculum began in October 2018, with each college of education affiliated to one of the public universities in Ghana.

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The government has also introduced a new yearly allowance for teachers. Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh noted that the allowance is called the Professional Teacher Allowance. He told the House it ranges from GHc600 to GHc1,200.

The allowance will support teachers so they can invest in improving and upgrading their skills and keeping abreast of modern trends, which will assist in improving learning outcomes.

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Source: TheBBCghana.Com

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