The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has called on the Ministry of Education (MoE) to back the soon to be rolled out teacher education program aimed to train unlicensed private school teachers in the country.
Speaking in an interview monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh, the National Executive Director of the Council, Mr Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah said the Education Ministry backing the education course would mean it approved by the government.
“GNACOPS and the University of Education need the Education Ministry backing to create an atmosphere and a programme that has been supported by the government to train the unlicensed private school teachers,” he stated.
The GNACOPS Executive Director as part of the support urged the central government to subsidize the tuition fees to be paid by the unprofessional teachers in private schools for the impending teacher education program.
He said his outfit has liaised with the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) to run a trimester teacher education course for some 200,000 untrained private school teachers in the country for the 2021/2022 academic year.
The Private Schools Council National Executive Director speaking to EducationWeb said the teacher education curriculum to be conducted by the University of Education (UEW) is highly 95% possible to commence in January 2022.
He told EducationWeb’s Okyere Darko George plans are far advanced for the National Accreditation Board (NAB) to approve the program adding that the Council in due course will communicate details of the approval to the public.
“The course has been approved, but we are yet to announce it to the general public, The University will soon share with us a letter before we go public on that information, so for now we treat it as tentative,” the Executive Director stated.
The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) Director noted his outfit is currently is awaiting an official date the Management of the University of Education (UEW) in charge of the course would start the program.
“GNACOPS is just waiting for a formal communication from UEW Management detailing time to start the program, hence our inputs as a Council has been sent to the University to be factored,” Mr Gyetuah told George last week.
He indicated that volunteer trainees ready to participate in the forthcoming teacher education programme have submitted their documents and other information to help ease the process of admissions next academic year.
Asked if there is any punishment for private school proprietors that employ unlicensed teachers, the educationist said they could face a jail term, not less than six months and not more than 12 months in addition to a fine or penalty.