All is set for the implementation of a minimum of first degree for teaching at all levels of education in the country.
This is to ease the rate at which Colleges of Education trainee teachers spend in acquiring first degree in the educational system as well as the amount of resources and time teachers commit in furthering their education after a diploma course.
Trainee Teachers spend five years to acquire a first degree, after an additional two-year course is pursued to the three-year diploma course at the Colleges of Education.
Delivering the keynote address at the 170th anniversary celebration of Ghana's premium College of Education, the Presbyterian College of Education at Akropong today; President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo stated that "these colleges will, initially, be affiliated with the University of Cape Coast, and, subsequently, to other public universities. This means that, eventually, a first degree will be the minimum requirement for teaching at any level of our education system”.
President Akufo-Addo added that “with the introduction of the 4-year Bachelor of Education degree, you would now obtain your first degree at the end of your schooling. This ensures that you enter the teaching service as university graduates, with an increase in your earning capacity", in addition to the increase of 11% salary increment of teachers in the country.
He noted that successful countries like Finland, Singapore, among others, have greatly invested in their human capital and "have shown that teacher quality is the single most important determinant of their success", hence the need for Ghana to pay attention to the needs of teachers in the country.
This initiative will commence from September 2018/19 of the educational calendar this year.
Source: Evans Danso/L–300JN