The Minister for Education, Dr Adutwum says his outfit at the appropriate time will meet the Management of Colleges of Education affiliated universities to discuss a worrying situation contributing to unemployment in the country.
Adutwum in an interview monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh said the number of graduate teachers from various public universities including the University of Education is making it difficult for them to be recruited into service.
“Only Colleges of Education graduates are mandated to be recruited by the Ghana Education Service but now the problem is universities are producing more graduate teachers making teachers recruitment difficult,” he noted.
He however said the central government is doing all it can to ensure the majority of the graduate teachers from Colleges of Education and other universities are recruited into service to help the free Senior High School policy.
“The government in terms of teachers recruitment is doing well, the first year of double track over 10,000 university teachers were recruited but the problem now is there are so many graduate teachers in the system,” Mr Osei stated.
The forthcoming engagement, the Education Minister and Member of Parliament for Bosomtwe Constituency said will enable Ghana to export eligible and qualified teachers to countries in need of teachers to fill their classrooms.
“The last time I met with the United Kingdom (UK) Minister for Education, he requested for us to provide them with unemployed Science teachers and it is something we are working on as a Ministry of Education,” Hon Yaw Osei said.
In a related development, a staff of the Education Ministry has told EducationWeb his outfit mid-January or late February this academic year will commence the recruitment of graduate teachers from various universities.
The MoE official Saturday said the Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) will only consider graduate teachers who have completed national service and passed the teacher licensure examination for the 2022 recruitment.
“We last year petitioned the Ministry of Finance to increase the clearance for graduate teachers to be recruited in 2021 but it was agreed for only 16,850 newly trained teachers to be recruited and the graduates later this year,” he stated.
The Ministry official following the impending recruitment has advised graduates seeking to be employed to pay attention to job announcements put out by his outfit in terms of what criteria the recruitment financial clearance is.