The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has liaised with the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) to run a 3-semester teacher education course for 200,000 untrained private school teachers in Ghana.
Speaking to EducationWeb.com.gh in an interview, GNACOPS National Executive Director, Mr Enoch Gyetuah said the degree course is aimed to upgrade the private school teachers to be licensed by the National Teaching Council (NTC).
“The 200,000 unprofessional private school teachers after completion of the programme which will be run in hybrid mode will be award diploma and a one-year top-up for the award of a degree,” Mr Gyetuah told EducationWeb.
“The programme has two pathways, those who have not had any programme at all and if had qualified into the Colleges of Education would have done four years; and those who have degrees but are not professionals to do a postgraduate diploma in education,” he added.
The initiative for UEW to train the private school teachers comes after the National Teaching Council (NTC) threatened to sack all untrained and unlicensed private school teachers from various classrooms by 2025.
Registrar of the Teaching Council, Dr Christain Addai Poku speaking on Kokrokoo show said all unlicensed teachers have been given a three year period to upgrade themselves and qualified to be licensed as professionals.
“We have given the unqualified teachers a 3 year period to be licensed, NTC is also in talks with the various teacher training institutions in the country to help such teachers upgrade themselves,” he told the host of Kokrokoo show.