Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has stated that lecturers who do not hold a PhD will soon be prevented from lecturing in any university in Ghana.
At the meet the press series held in Accra on Tuesday, the Education Minister noted that the move is to ensure that qualified persons teach in the universities.
“Now if you don’t hold a Ph.D. and very soon a Ph.D. plus a certificate in Education you will not be able to teach in the university,” he said.
However, the Education Minister gave lecturers in the various universities who are yet to acquire a doctorate degree to do so.
“But most of the lecturers in our colleges of education do not hold PhD. So, we are giving them time to improve their knowledge through the British government support” he said
He challenged lecturers who fall within that category to take advantage of any opportunity to improve upon their capacity.
“Every capacity improvement will inure to the benefit of Ghanaian school children to improve their learning outcomes.” he added
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh wondered why Ph.D holders in countries like Finland teach pupils in kindergarten and primary schools yet Diploma students are permitted to teach similar grades.
The Education Minister further added that although the decision will have an impact on the government’s budget they are more interested in the churning out better learning outcomes than the “budget governments have been pinching.”