The introduction of top-up Programmes by the various educational institutes is running on the lips of every teacher being it newly trained or an in-service teacher. Our news team has been able to publish an article answering ten (10) frequently asked questions concerning the newly introduced top-up programme for teachers.
However, we are still working tirelessly to get most of the mind to bother questions in the Ghana Education System answered to help people make informed choices and not follow the crowd. Sometimes following the crowd may land you in a pit.
Teachers who deliver poorly in a subject area during lectures are as a result of choosing wrong courses at the tertiary but not because he/she is a dunderhead. Making inquiries before further studies are the first course everyone must study before proceeding to offer any university or college course.
WHY IS THE ONE YEAR TOP-UP FOR DIPLOMA TEACHERS NECESSARY?
This has become very necessary because now all Colleges of Education now university colleges are degree-awarding institutions. Also, it has become the order of the day and everyone is applying for it. Every teacher has to be upgraded to enhance his/her teaching competencies as well.
ARE YOU AWARE THAT COLLEGES OF EDUCATION NOW AWARD DEGREE AND NOT DIPLOMA?
Yes, colleges of education are now degree-awarding institutions. This programme was started somewhere in the 2018/2019 academic year and what it means is that by 2022, the first batch will be ready to work with the Ghana Education service thereby making the minimum requirement for teaching to be degree. More so, by two years to come, it will become compulsory for every diploma teacher to be upgraded. Why not take the chance now?
IF YOU HAVE NOT STARTED A DISTANCE OR SANDWICH ON DEGREE, THEN IT IS NECESSARY TO TAKE THIS TOP-CHANCE, RIGHT?
Yes, it is very necessary to take this chance. It has numerous benefits such as helping you to obtain a degree certificate within a short period of time.
CAN I TEACH AT THE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL AFTER THIS ONE-YEAR TOP-UP?
Remember that if you pursue this programme (Post diploma in basic education), you will be teaching at the grade level or Kindergarten (KG) or primary or JHS.
I HAVE FORGOTTEN MY COLLEGE INDEX NUMBER, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
This is a simple issue to be sorted out. If you fall under this category, kindly go back to the college you completed to request for it, this is mainly done at your college assessment office. Moreover, if you have a copy of your project work with you, you can access it from there.
SHOULD I CONINUE TO FURTHER EVEN IF I HAVE ALREADY ACQUIRED A DEGREE IN BASIC EDUCTAION?
If you have a degree in basic education already, you can still follow up with the same course in your masters or M.Phil. You can teach in any tertiary after pursuing your M.Phil. if and only if it is not a skirt and blouse.
CAN I CHANGE MY ELECTIVE I OFFERED AT THE COLLEGE WHEN OFFERED ADMISSION FOR THE 3-YEAR TOP-UP?
You are likely to be considered by the university when offered admission and this may have to deal with genuine concerns. The center officers can assist you to change your elective but it is not always an easy task.
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