NABCO: Educate Ghana Interview, All Questions and Answers
From the 17th to the 21st of July 2018, NABCO interviews will cover the educate Ghana module. As you all know, Asetena.com has given all the apor that will drop at the interview and we are here to do same for Educate Ghana,
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About the Educate Ghana Module
Graduate teachers in an “Educate Ghana” programme will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and other relevant subjects in primary and secondary schools across the country.
Also, with the expansion of early childhood facilities and its mainstreaming with basic education, skills upgrading of NABCO trainees could offer possible permanent jobs in kindergartens and preschool settings.
On the technology component of this module, fellows are required to apply their skills in areas such as library and archival, nonformal education programmes, digital and mobile libraries programme.
The Ministry of Education has reviewed its ongoing programmes and have indicated an uptake of over 10,000 NABCO trainees.
Educate Ghana New Direct Questions
Share with us some issues and innovations within education that you are familiar with
Because of the need for schools and colleges to meet the requirements of certain examining bodies, Ghana educational institutions, particularly at the pre-tertiary level have to change their syllabuses from time to time Even when the national subject curricula are constant for some years, the school subject syllabuses are subject to change or modification by teachers, particularly where subject teachers are changed frequently.
This is particularly the case with rural schools where teachers frequently ask for a transfer to urban primary or secondary schools. In effect, rural schools are usually filled with itinerant teachers: Youth-Coopers, fresh graduates on national service or other categories of newly-employed teachers who have no other option. The tendency for these categories of teachers is usually to modify the syllabus to embody their newly acquired knowledge.
Many schools have not got an adequate supply of equipment and personnel, particularly for the teaching of such subject as Introductory Technology.
What are the main stages of Education in Ghana
Education in Ghana is divided into three phases: basic education (kindergarten, primary school, lower secondary school), secondary education (upper secondary school, technical and vocational education) and tertiary education (universities, polytechnics and colleges).
You can further explain what happens at each level.
Which of the stages do you think can make a valuable contribution and why?
Explain that teach stage is valuable in it’s own way and that’s what makes the system complete. For example, without basic education, a student may not be prepared or understand what happens at Tertiary levels.
If you could advise on reforms, what aspects of Ghana’s Education System requires modification?
Educate Ghana Direct Questions
How would you deal with a student who always comes to class late?
If a student is late for the first time, warn him/her instead of imposing a punishment. Because no matter how hard we try, at times we may also get late to work.
But this may not be acceptable always, let the students know that they are being excused only because they are late for the first time.
There may be a student who is always late, no matter what punishment you give him. Try talking to the student after class and find out the actual reason for his late-coming and try to help him with the issue by involving your supervisor and talking to his/her parents.
To prevent other students from following his footsteps, keep note of students who always arrive on time and reward them appropriately
How would you engage a reluctant student in class activities?
If a student seems reluctant to participate during a specific subject, I would use my experience working with different types of learners and adjust my teaching strategies to engage the student in a way that they feel more comfortable to participate.
For example, I would likely move the student to the middle of the classroom where he/she may be more willing to participate in class activities or ask them to help me with a few tasks in the classroom.
Also, I could ask the student to work with a partner, find out things they are more interested in and try to bring them up some more.
What are your views on the use of corporal punishment in the Classroom?
I believe corporal punishment should not be tolerated in any form in the classroom. As someone who was given that kind of punishment in my primary school days, I know for a fact that it does more harm than good.
This is why the Ghana Education Service has banned corporal punishment in Ghana and I believe the ban should continue to hold.
I won’t use corporal punishment in my classroom and I won’t advise anyone else to.
What kinds of punishment will you give to your students?
For one, corporal punishment is not going to be part. But for students who fail to meet their responsibilities in an outside the classroom, I may look at getting them to meet those responsibilities, even if it means staying in school for longer.
That will motivate them to meet them the next time.
If you have lessons to cover and your headmaster wants to take your students to spectate at a district sports event, what would you do?
I would allow the Headmaster to go with them but also inform him of the hours I will be missing (if it is not already on the academic calendar that there will be an event).
Together with the headmaster, we can reschedule and take the lesson.
If you are posted to a school where the headmaster does not assign you to any duties, what would you do?
To be answered soon, kindly check back.
If your students are not passing their exams, would you blame yourself or would you blame them?
I don’t think it is an issue of who to blame. Rather, we have to look at why they are not passing and then try to solve them.
If the teaching methods are not effective, we tweak them to make them work. If however it is the laziness of the students, we will have to find a way to get them more involved and aid them to study.
Sometimes, little motivation works.
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General Educate Ghana Questions
Name some Current Projects of the Ministry of Education
- FREE SHS Policy
- SHS infrastructure Improvement
- Teacher Trainees Allowance
- TVET Program
Name some Agencies under the Ministry of Education
- GES – GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE (GES)
- NABPTEX – THE NATIONAL BOARD FOR PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICIAN EXAMINATIONS
- NCTE – NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION
- NAB – NATIONAL ACCREDITATION BOARD
- Students Loan Trust Fund
- GLA – GHANA LIBRARY AUTHORITY
- GBDC – GHANA BOOK DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (GBDC)
Who is the Minister of Education?
Mathew Opoku Prempeh
What is a TLM and how relevant is it in teaching?
TLM means Teaching Learning Materials.
This refers to items used in teaching and learning like computers and every other item used in the teaching process.
These materials give a clear understanding of what is being taught and make understanding easy.
Broadly, the term refers to a spectrum of educational materials that teachers use in the classroom to support specific learning objectives, as set out in lesson plans.
What is improvision and how can a teacher utilise it in a classroom environment?
Improvision in the classroom simple means using readily available tools and resources to teach on subject areas or topics where you do not have the preferred resources or TLMs.
For example, drawing a computer on the chalkboard instead of bringing a proper computer to the classroom for the students to see.
The Educate Ghana Module would focus first on primary and secondary schools in Ghana and for a lot of those schools, improvision is important.
The teacher can utilise this by bringing in other resources to replace those that are not available so that the students can derive a better understanding. However, when improvising, the teacher must make sure it makes sense.
For example, the Ghana Education service was unhappy when a teacher tried to improvise by providing stones as a computer mouse.
Who is the current minister of Education in Ghana?
Matthew Opoku Prempeh (PhD)
General NABCO Questions
Please tell us something about yourself
My name is Joan Nyantabi. I graduated from the University of Cape Coast with a second class lower division in 2016. Between that time and now, I have successfully completed my National Service, where I taught at a Junior High school as an ICT Teacher. I possess a strong sense of dedication to every work I do and I am most passionate about my country Ghana and helping it to become better.
What do you know about NABCO?
This question seeks to find out how much you know about the programme.
The Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) programme is a government initiative to address graduate unemployment to solve social problems.
The focus of the initiative will be solving public service delivery in health, education, agriculture, technology, governance and drive revenue mobilization and collection.
Government is seeking to employ 100,000 graduates in solving public service delivery in health, education, agriculture, technology, governance and drive revenue mobilization and collection. All trainees will be paid a monthly stipend of GHS 700.
You can continue by stating the objectives of the programme:
- Provide temporary employment to unemployed graduates
- Improve skills and employability for the transition from programme to permanent employment
- Improve public service delivery
- Improve government revenue mobilization
- To provide needed infrastructure to improve access to basic public services
What do you expect to gain out of this temporary role?
Let them know you are not in for the money but for skills as well.
From the NABCO website, it is clear that the programme will take 3 years. I also understand that during the time, I will gain skills and experience, and I am very interested in getting those, especially as I look forward to getting fully employed in the future.
What has your Job Search Experience been like?
Be truthful and tell them about some problems you faced while getting employed if any.
After completing the University of Ghana, I had my National Service in the Central Region. It has been difficult getting a job even though I adopted both online and offline searches. Therefore, when I heard about NABCO, I decided to apply as I will not only be working, but I will also gain skills.
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