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“GNAT says a big thank you to Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh”

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The General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Mr. Thomas T. Musah has expressed profound gratitude to the Honourable Minister for Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh for his swift contribution to the introduction of the one-year degree top-up programme for teachers with diploma certificates.

In an exclusive interaction with the News Desk of the Colleges of Education Weekly Journal, Mr. Musah noted: “We want to say a very big thank you to the Honourable Minister for Education. He has done a great job in pushing this one-year top-up programme. Upon receipt of our letter on the issue, he acted swiftly, and here we are now. GNAT therefore says thank you, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh for your prompt action”.

Mr. Musah further extended his heartfelt appreciation to officials at the Institute of Education-University of Cape Coast, Ghana Education Service, Prof. Kwesi Yankah – Minister of State in-charge of Tertiary Education, Mr. Robin Todd, the T-TEL Lead, Prof. Mohammed Salifu and all those who played a vital role in making this initiative a success. Thanks to the News Desk of the Colleges of Education News Journal for the constant reportage and update on this issue.

Mr. Musah used the opportunity to admonish all diploma teachers to get themselves enrolled in this unprecedented one-year top-up programme. He reiterated that they should bear in mind that by 2022, their posteriors in College will graduate with degree and will be placed on the grade of Principal Superintendent. It is therefore prudent that all those with Diploma get enrolled now.

The Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast on 5th October 2020 officially released the admission notice.

The admission notice indicated that the 3-Semester Bachelor of Education (Post-Diploma in Basic Education) Programmes in the sandwich mode is starting in the first semester of 2020/2021 Academic Year. This is to give holders of Diploma in Basic Education (DBE) the opportunity to be upgraded to Bachelor’s degree.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a blended mode of instruction will be adopted (thus online and face-to-face approach). Eligible students would be required to have a smartphone or tablet or any device that would allow them to connect to the internet.

Applicants will be enrolled automatically onto their choice of programme on completion of an online form. No fee is required before the filling of application forms online. Only those who have passed the Diploma in Basic Education Examinations will be required to fill the form. Applicants will be required to fill the online form indicating the programme of their choice and the Study Centre, in line with their elective subject areas.

Programmes to be offered are: B.ED. (Post-Diploma) in Early Childhood Education, B.ED. (Post-Diploma) in Primary Education and B.ED. (Post-Diploma) Junior High School (JHS) Education. Selected Colleges of Education across the country will be used as study centres.

On 23rd March 2020, the General Secretary of GNAT in a letter addressed to the Minister for Education appealed to the Minister on the need to introduce a one-year top-up programme for diploma in Basic Education teachers to earn a Bachelor of Education degree.

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