Ghana’s Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh in a studio discussion on Kessben Fm stated that teacher trainees in the training colleges are there because they had the worst results.
According to the sector Minister, the only reason why these trainees went to the training college was that they did not the exams which could have taken them to the university.
He said that the government will soon stop the automatic appointment for trained teachers because they are not the best option to teach in the classroom.
He quizzed the host of the show, Omanhene, if he was going to choose a ‘Diploma teacher’ or ‘Graduate teacher’ to teach if he (host) had a private school. The host opted for a ‘Graduate teacher’.
He further strengthened his argument by citing Finland as an example. He said that people with Ph.D. were allowed to teach at the Nursery level of Education in Finland. This was because they have realized that it was the most critical period in the child’s life.
It was after this that he stated that the diploma teachers went to the Training College because they went with the results which couldn’t take them to the University.
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