The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that from the 2018/19 academic year, which begins in September 2018, all colleges of Education in the country will be upgraded to university colleges.
Additionally, from September; President Nana Akufo-Addo indicated that 4-year Bachelor of Education degree will be; introduced in the University colleges.
These colleges will, initially, be; affiliated with the University of cape coast and subsequently, to other public universities.
Currently many teachers who complete the three year Diploma in Basic education at the colleges of education go on, later to do a two-year top up first degree by distance learning at the university of Cafe coast.
This means that, in addition to the extra amount of money spent on getting a degree; it takes trainee teachers not less than five years to get a degree.
With the introduction of the 4-year Bachelor of Education degree; you would now obtain your first degree at the end of your schooling. This ensures that you enter the teaching service as university graduates; with an increase in your earning capacity, the President added.
President Nana Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 16th June, 2018 when he delivered the keynote address at the 170th anniversary education of the presbyterian college of education, in Akropong in the Eastern region.
Stressing the importance of teachers, the Nana indicated that all modern; successful nations that have extraordinary results in the formation of human capital; and economic development, such as Singapore, Finland, Korea; and Canada, have shown that teacher qualify is; the single most important determinant of their success.
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