Gov’t makes giant strides to upgrade colleges to universities

Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister for Education has stated that government will soon improve on the quality of education in the country and are thus making plans to raise the status of the college of education to university status.

The move by the ministry according to the Education Minister is propelled by the need to reform teacher training program to suit the demand of teachers in the country.

In an interview with Adom TV, Mr. Opoku Prempeh hinted that government will roll this new scheme by September.

Currently, the only institution that has been approved for this program is the University of Cape Coast. The minister added that other institutions have submitted their curricula for approval by the accreditation board.

He said that this move will change the duration of the training program from 3years to 4years and certification from diploma to degree.

In line with the above points, government plans as part of enrollment to raise credits from 5 to 6 to match university requirements.

He however assured that, trainees would still receive allowances despite the change.

He further explained that, to see significant improvement in the educational sector, the main focus should be at the basic level.

This also aligns with the vision of the ministry to recruit only graduate teachers to reduce the cases of teachers leaving the classroom to upgrade themselves via short courses.

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