The UEW teacher education course to be conducted by the University of Education Authorities is highly 95% possible to commence in January 2022, the National Executive Director of GNACOPS told EducationWeb.com.gh on Thursday.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with EducationWeb’s Okyere Darko George, Mr Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah said the teacher course has been approved by National Accreditation Board (NAB) but is yet to be made known 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 said his outfit is currently is awaiting an official date the program would start from the Management of the University of Education (UEW) in charge of the course.
“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 on Thursday.
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.
Designed by 6 faculty members of the University of Education, the teacher course forms as part of efforts to promote teacher professionalization for untrained private school teachers in the country to be licensed and professionals.
Applicants with minimum entry requirements will automatically be admitted to the programme while applicants of 25 years and over will qualify to sit for the Mature Students Entrance Examination and gain admission if they pass.
However, applicants who do not fall into the two aforementioned categories would be offered the opportunity for an Access Course for three weeks following which they would be assessed and qualified students admitted.
Untrained private school teachers after completing the Ghana Private Schools Council and University of Education (UEW) teacher education programme will be issued a teacher license card by the National Teaching Council (NTC).
The move for UEW to train the private school teachers follows a decision by the National Teaching Council (NTC) to phase out all untrained and unlicensed private school teachers from various classrooms by the year 2025.