Education Ministry Clears Air Over SHS Teaching Qualification


The Ministry of Education has clarified that there is no policy from which disqualifies teachers who earned their certificates through Distance Learning, popularly referred to as Sandwich Programs from teaching in public Senior High Schools (SHS) in the country.

According to the ministry in a statement, “the official position is that a degree in Early Childhood Education or Basic Education whether through Sandwich or Campus programs, does not constitute eligibility to teach at a Senior High School.”

“Over the years,” it said, “the impression has been created that any degree qualifies one to teach at the Senior High school even if the degree (such as Early Childhood or Basic Education) is tailored for teaching at the Kindergaten or primary levels. That is not accurate.”

For the avoidance of doubt, it stressed, “degree in a subject area whether through Distance or campus program, qualifies one to teach in a Senior High School, in addition to meeting other requirements set by National Teaching Council and Ghana Education Service.”

“The Ministry appreciates the continuous efforts and contributions by teachers across the country,” the statement signed by Vincent Ekow Assafuah, Public Relations Officer of the Education Ministry said.

Source: Daily Guide



The Board of Trustees of the Teachers Fund has approved for implementation, an early exit penalty policy to guide its operations with contributors to the Fund.

Details of the policy as stated in the Fund’s Operations Policy and Procedures Manual are as follows:

  1. Members who apply for voluntary exits before attaining 60 years shall attract 50% penalty on their Return on Investment (ROI)


  1. The following persons shall be exempted from the Early Exit Penalty:
  2. Contributors with under/or six (6) months to the attainment of retirement at age 60.


  1. Deceased contributors confirmed with provision of proof of death.


  1. All contributors certified by a qualified medical practitioner to be permanently incapacitated or have life-threatening and terminal illness.
  2. All contributors who retire voluntarily at age 55 from employment.

According to the General Manager of the Fund, Mr. Foster Buabeng, the objective of this piece of information is to let their members know the position of the Association in relation to its implementation.