The Minister of Education, Science and Sports, Professor Dominic Fobi, has urged university authorities and the National Council for Tertiary Education to come up with recommendations that would ensure a smooth transition of the three-year senior secondary school to four years.
Professor Fobi said this at the 13th Annual Congregation of the University Education, Winneba last Saturday where a total of 5,558 graduated students were awarded with degrees, diploma and certificates.
They were made up of 3,139 males and 2419 females from the three campuses of the university.
The minister also told the National Council for Tertiary Education to facilitate the drawing up of a memorandum of understanding between the university and the teaching training colleges for upgrading of teaching staffs at the colleges.
Professor Fobi said government had noted the UEW's commitment to the promotion of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the training of more professional teachers for the sector.
“This falls within government priority area in the education reforms currently being implemented,” he said.
The minister said government would continue to assist the university to build its capacity by supporting talented staff and students to pursue higher degrees required to augment the staff strength.
“Government sees the University of Education as a premier and a stakeholder in the country's march forward to the attainment Millennium Development Goal of providing equal and full access to education by the year 2015”.
He said government had already initiated action in this direction by setting up a committee to review postgraduate education in the country, which had now submitted its report to government.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Professor Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, commended government for the assistance so far given to the university to expand facilities at its three campuses.
Professor Asabere-Ameyaw said more assistance was needed to provide more facilities at the university to enable it to train more teachers to fill vacancies in basic schools.
He urged the graduates to accept postings to schools in various communities in the countryside “where your services are needed”.
Professor Asabere-Ameyaw reminded them that the success of the new educational reform rested on their shoulders as education instructors.