First Degree is now minimum qualification for teaching in Ghanaian Basic Schools – Education Minister

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Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh
Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh

The Minister of Education Honourable Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has reiterated that, for a teacher to be able to teach in the Ghanaian Basic Schools, the minimum requirement for employment is Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) Degrees.

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Dr. Prempeh reassured that, his Ministry is working closely with the National Teaching Council in collaboration with T-TEL to ensure that other regulatory requirements are finalized to upgrade capacity and improve upon the quality of teacher
education to position Ghanaian teachers to be able to respond to our current and future challenges in education.

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Speaking on the floor of Parliament on the achievements of the NPP government at the education sector, the Hon. Minister said “our most treasured learners, particularly those in basic schools (KGs, Primary and JHS), were taught by teachers whose initial teacher training had consistently been a source of worry. The minimum teaching qualification for basic school teachers used to be Diploma in Basic Education from our Colleges of Education whiles their counterpart teachers in secondary schools was a Bachelors’ Degree from the Universities.”

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Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh further disclosed that, “many previous research evidence and government policy documents had suggested that weakness in the quality of teachers produced through the DBE programme. For example, a report by a Department for International Development (DFID) funded project (Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL)) in 2015, observed that, the Diploma in Basic Education curriculum does not adequately prepare trainees to teach in Ghanaian schools.”

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“Mr. Speaker, we deeply appreciate the fact that the early years of a child’s education are extremely significant to their future achievement. Consequently, we have, in our focus on teacher reforms taken the necessary steps to upgrade all our Colleges of Education to university colleges to award a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degrees, following a review of the teacher education curriculum into standards-based curriculum. Implementation of the new teacher education curriculum began in October 2018, with each College of Education affiliated to one of five of our public universities.” He explained.

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