Government has rolled out an educational transformational mechanism by raising the entry requirements for basic school teachers so that they are equivalent to those of other professions.
“From October this year all new entrants to the teaching profession will be required to study Bachelors of Education degrees offered by Colleges of Education, initially in affiliation with the University of Cape Coast and after one year of implementation with other public Universities.
“It is important to note that these changes in teacher education reform are just one element in the Government’s education reform strategy. Alongside the introduction of a new Bachelor of Education degree there will be a new Basic Education Curriculum in Ghana’s schools.
“The curriculum offered in these Colleges of Education will represent a significant departure from previous practice,” Mr Robbin Todd, Team Leader of Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) programme disclosed at the T-TEL Challenge Fund End of Project Learning Event at Koforidua.
The other five public universities to be affiliated to the programme include the University of Cape Coast, University of Education Winneba, University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and the University of Development Studies.
Mr Todd said the universities have designed the new Bachelor of Education degrees aligned with the National Teachers’ Standards (NTS) and the National Teacher Education Curriculum Framework (NTECF) and have submitted these to the National Accreditation Board (NAB) for certification.
He said “aligning the new Curriculum with these Standards will ensure that we train the teachers which Ghana needs to deliver a world-class education system”.
The T-TEL Team Leader explained that the Curriculum will be very practically focused- with 30 per cent of the total assessment marks being related to practical assessments of teaching ability- and will focus on ensuring that teachers were confident in the use of learner-centred approaches to encourage critical thinking and problem-solving.
He said teaching practice in schools (‘supported teaching’ in the language of the new curriculum) will play a central part in the learning process with student teachers spending time in partner schools in Years one, two, three and four- not just in Year three as is the case with the current Diploma.
“Once student teachers have completed their four-year Bachelors of Education degree they will then spend one-year teaching in basic schools, employed by Ghana Education Service before they will receive their License to practice and achieve qualified teacher status.
“This License is important because it provides an independent validation that each teacher has the practical skills and capabilities to meet the requirements of the National Teachers’ Standards.
“An assessment across the three ‘domains’ of effective teaching which – Professional Values and Attitudes; Professional Knowledge; and Professional Practice,” he said.