The final batch of student teachers pursuing Diploma in Basic Education successfully completed their 3-year programme on Friday, July 3, 2020 after writing their final examinations.
This means that there will be no award of Diploma to graduates of public Colleges of Education in the near future. Over the years, successive governments have made efforts to professionally equip teachers with the requisite skills to enable them deliver resourcefully in the classroom.
On November 20th, 2018, during a Meet the Press series in Accra, the Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh spoke about the new teacher education reforms policy.
The reforms are aimed at transforming teacher education and management at the pre –tertiary level into a cadre of highly qualified and motivated teachers who are better able to inspire their pupils to achieve better outcomes. To help achieve the above goal, an initial 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Education was introduced in all the 46 public Colleges of Education, beginning from the 2018/2019 academic year.
This 4-year B.Ed. programme, replacing the Diploma came as a good news for trainee teachers. This means that teachers would no longer have to complete the usual 3-year Diploma in Education and an additional 2-year top-up for a Bachelor’s degree, a total of five years compared to the new four-year B.Ed. programme.
Again, the specializations (B.Ed. Early Grade – KG to Primary 3, B.Ed. Upper Primary – Primary 4 to Primary 6 and B.Ed. JHS Teacher Education Programme with subject specializations) will equip the trainees with the in-depth knowledge and skills in their various areas of study.