The Registrar of the National Teaching Council (NTC), Dr Christian Addai Poku says approximately 14,000 unqualified teachers in the country as of this academic year are working with the Ghana Education Education Service (GES).
In his address at the launch of the Ghana National Council of Private school teachers’ continuous professional development (PST-CPD), he also said 30% of teachers in the country are unqualified to teach in various classrooms.
Dr Addai Poku at the event said it is for this reason his outfit (NTC), Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) and Ministry of Finance (MoF) are collaborating to train about 2,000 unqualified private school teachers.
The Teaching Council Executive Director indicated that over 1,000 private school teachers will be trained on how to effectively teach literacy and numeracy to improve their in-depth knowledge in the teaching profession.
“The training will form the basis for pilot training of unqualified teachers to equip them with the best practices on how to teach literacy and numeracy and also have in-depth knowledge of professional practice and conduct
We do acknowledge that there are a lot of untrained teachers who are well adept in their content knowledge and need a bit of pedagogy to deliver effectively,” the Registrar of the National Teaching Council, Dr Addai Poku noted.
In a related development, the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum citing research conducted by the National Teaching Council has said 94.5% of heads of government schools have no formal training in school management.
He has said his outfit through the National Education Institute and the National Inspectorate Authority soon will organise training for all heads of public schools to equip them with modern knowledge in school administration.
“This cannot happen in this 21st century that you can become a headmaster or headmistress of a government school without formal training,” the Bosomtwe Member of Parliament told Civil Society Organizations mid-February 2022.