Only First Degree holders can now teach in basic schools - Education Minister

Only First Degree holders can now teach in basic schools - Education Minister

- The Education Ministry says teachers need a minimum requirement of a First Degree to teach in basic schools going forward

- Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Education Minister, says the early years of a child’s education are extremely significant to their future development

- Government has also introduced a new yearly allowance for teachers in the country

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The minimum requirement for anybody to teach in basic schools in Ghana is now a First Degree.

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, 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.

Only First Degree holders can now teach in basic schools - Education Minister

Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh. Source: GNA
Source: UGC

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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 standards-based curriculum."

He told the House on Tuesday, August 11, 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.

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.

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He said professional teachers will receive GHc1,200 and non-professional teachers will take home GHc600. 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.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the NDC flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama has accused President Akufo-Addo of supervising chaos in his party and country.

The former president alleges that Akufo-Addo watched unconcerned as some members of his party attacked innocent people at a registration centre at Dormaa over the weekend.

The Daily Graphic newspaper reported that during the Electoral Commission’s exercise on August 8 and 9 an incident happened at a Dormaa centre were gunshots were fired.

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