In a bid to upgrade capacity and improve quality in the education sector, the Ghanaian government has now set the minimum teaching qualification for basic school teachers to a bachelor’s degree.
The development was disclosed by the Minister for Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, in Parliament yesterday while he was delivering a statement on education and teacher reforms in the country.
He said the decision is as a result of research evidence that, weakness in the quality of teachers holding diplomas affect their delivery.
Dr Prempeh said a report by the Department for International Development in 2015, observed that Diploma in Education curriculum does not adequately prepare trainees to teach in Ghanaian schools.
“Mr Speaker, we deeply appreciate the fact that early years of a child’s education are extremely significant to their future.
“Consequently, we have, in focus on teacher reforms taken necessary steps to upgrade all our Colleges of Education to University Colleges to award a Bachelor of Education degrees following a review of teacher education curriculum into standards-based curriculum,” he stated.
Working in close collaboration with the Transforming Teacher Education and Learning Programme, Dr Prempeh said “our aim is to upgrade capacity and improve upon quality of teacher education to position our teachers to be able to respond to our current and future challenges in education.”
The government, Dr Prempeh said, was committed to the wellbeing of teachers and would make the teacher the fulcrum around which the education sector would revolve.